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Heavy Rescue Instructor Training

by Marcus

When was the last time you practised Truck Extrication?

Instructor is Jimmy Säfström from HRS who created Heavy Rescue in Sweden in 2003. Jimmy is one of the most meritorious and most sought trainers and instructors in Heavy Rescue / extrication.

Instructors are John Curley from HRS:
John has been an operational firefighter for the last 18 years; most of that time has been spent specializing in vehicle crash rescue, working with many extrication experts from around the world. John currently runs the website rtc-rescue.com and has also made many videos showing new techniques and equipment. John is currently a certified instructor with Heavy Rescue Sweden in the UK.

“Large and heavy vehicles require strong and heavy extrication tools?”

A claim that does not have to do with reality, but most often mentioned today when discussing extrication of heavy vehicles. Today’s modern designs are constructed in completely different ways than older designs. “Give me a reciprocating saw and I’ll cut a truck to smithereens” says Magnus Thompson from Göteborg Fire & Rescue Service in Sweden.

A modern design differs from older. We can streamline extrication using other technologies that are easier and faster than before. Yet many rescue services using the older technology for extrication. It is not unusual that it takes up to an hour or more to extricate trapped people in an accident. Is that acceptable?

Given that the new design of trucks are “weaker” from an extrication point. Manufacturers give us the help of additional beams support, new rescue techniques and equipment (chain-cable & ram), we should be able to perform more efficient extrication.

Do YOU have knowledge of truck designs and extrication techniques?

– What differences are there between older and modern truck design?
– Security systems are constantly evolving and what are the risks?
– Different extrication techniques on older and modern trucks.
– Do you need strong and heavy extrication tools or only use a reciprocating saw?
– Modern design creates new problems? Cabs come loose from the frame!
– Stabilization of vehicles during rescue work becomes more important than before?


– Course Start
– Theory
– Practice with equipment
– Practive truck extrication
– Evaluation

Chain-Cable Extrication – the most effective extrication technique?

There are many different views / “thoughts” of how to do the chain-cable techniques. Chain-cable extrication is a quick method! This is a rescue technique that can be used where conditions permit.

Performed tests and trials along with the experience of accidents that have used chain-cable extrication confirms what we have known for many years, an effective extricationtechniques that will develop in the future and progress extrication to another level!

More often we talk about attaching the chain-cable to the A-pillar but we are of a different opinion.”Depending on the structure’s deformation the selected attachment points for the chain-cable to optimize the extrication efficiency and safety.”

Fixing takes place today in different ways depending on what we want to accomplish.We draw cars in different positions, front collision, side collision, rear-end collision.

The most important is to “create the conditions for effective extrication”.

Chain-Cable Extrication – effective technique when conditions are right!
– Why don’t we pull from the steering wheel?
– Fixing points are important for effective chain-cable extrication.
– Dangerous pulling of the steering wheel of trucks, it is part of safety system.
– Cars and trucks have different conditions for chain-cable extrication.
– We pull cars in different states, not just frontal collision also side impact, side impact fixed object and rear impacts.
– Is it possible to move a vehicle for creating a more efficient rescue operation, for example? Overturning a car on its wheels or pull up a car from a ditch or a field.
– Do we need hydraulic rescue equipment in the future now that chain extrication is here?
– Truck extrication, chain-cable and reciprocating saw, is that enough for rescue operation

To sign up for the training email John at john@heavyrescue.se specifying the number of people with name, contact person and the rescue organization.

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