On Thursday, October 22, 2020 members trained behind the fire station with our Rescue 42 system and cribbing blocks. The Rescue 42 system is designed to stabilize vehicles and other equipment that has ended up in a precarious position. Cribbing is wooden or composite blocks (these are composite) of various sizes. They are used to build a temporary foundation under whatever is being lifted, to prevent it’s falling back. If a patient happened to be pinned under whatever we’re moving, it would have catastrophic results if it fell back. Cribbing & Rescue 42’s help prevent that.
Here, members lifted the trash dumpster behind the fire station. The receptacle simulated a car or piece of equipment under which someone might have become trapped. The exercise included lifting the dumpster with our Hurst system, cribbing it as we go. Rescue 42’s are used to stabilize the load from moving sideways. Once the load has been lifted to a sufficient clearance and stabilized, rescue personnel can then safely go under and remove the trapped victim(s).
This sort of rescue operation does not happen often. It has happened here a number of times. When it does, we need to be ready. To stay fresh, it’s essential that members occasionally practice the skills and techniques needed to safely and successfully complete the operation.