Some of you probably remember having to lift something heavy with wedges and cribbing.  That isn’t the case with many of the new recruits, mainly because we show them how to use the hydraulics and pneumatics first.  Then we forget to give them more options, basic options.  What if the front line tools don’t work or are on another call.  How are we going to lift an object off a trapped victim?

I have previously wrote about lifting options for school bus roll-over pinning and the pictures in this post will be from a recent training with the same scenario.  Remember, we can use wedges, cribbing, and sledgehammers to make a successful lift when needed. 

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Comment by lutan1 on June 21, 2011 at 1:58am
Paul, you're words are spot on! We often forget the "what ifs" and forget the back up tools and techniques.

Particularly in auto extrication, we focus so much on the powered tools, but what if they can't be used? What if hand tools are the only option? In fact I've seen skilled operators remove a door quicker with hand tools than their counterparts using powered hydraulics....

Back to basics is definitely the way to go. (I've even started training with the bare bones basics and then worked up to the newer technology and other more common tools over a period of time).

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