I am looking for tried and tested equipment for use in "Machine Extrication" rescues. I have seen various articles and ideas recommended equipment for use when making specific kits for limbs and digits that have become entrapped due to industrial accidents, and rescues involving vending machines, etc.
Some years ago we responded to an incident on our Boardwalk in which a young female had become entangled in uncommon type of pretzel-making machine, involving her fingers and hand, up to her wrist. Often disassembly of the machinery becomes the best option. However due to construction, the majority of the machine that needed to be removed was of solid, single-piece construction. I was fortunate to have the resources of some very talented, skilled firefighters with a variety of trades skills and experience with mechanical equipment working the incident.
This brings up another point. While the younger generation joining our ranks are more skilled electronically, mechanical apptitude is becoming scarse. Anyways, with ALS intervention givings us some much needed time, we began to formulate various plans. Problems with heat transfer, vibration, and extreme angles all tied together each time something was attempted. In the end, we disassembled as much of the machine as possible, and transported the pateint to the ER with the frame and gear assembly. While her injuries were not fatal, she did suffer some permenat damage.
There have been several incidents since then, but none as mechanically challenging. I am looking for information on who uses what, besides the average hand tools, porta-power jaws, etc. Specifically, what type of saw is best...electrical, pnuematic, battery...and what type blade. We have the standard assortment of recip saws, but they produce too much vibration. Whizzer-type saw is what I am looking for.
Gimme some thoughts, please.
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