Recently SHFD Volunteers demonstrated to our community the art of patient extrication. Patient extrication is required when one or more persons are trapped inside a motor vehicle and have to be removed via special tools and trained personal. It can be as simple as popping a door open or having to completely remove a roof. Many things can go wrong; the time it takes to remove trapped persons is critical. When a patient with serious injuries is trapped a Trauma alert goes out to the ER (Emergency Room). Now it is up to us to get them out, quickly and safely without causing further harm.
In these photos the volunteers are showing how to safely remove a car’s roof and doors in a staged MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident). SHFD volunteers spend countless hours practicing extrication and car fires on donated vehicles.
Car manufactures are constantly changing design and safety features, add to that the options for power plants such as gas, diesel, all electric and Hybrids’ and you can understand the challenge of staying current to insure that patients can be removed safely both for their well being and that of the Rescue team.
We had a great turnout for this event and would like to thank our friends and family for coming out for this demonstration.