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Mark, John, and Tim,

I am writing you guys to share awesome news about some of brothers of mine that participated in the MIM Class in Spartanburg, SC last year. They had a successful ground ladder fulcrum extrication. I know they would never do this for themselves and their Department's Administration does not care enough to give these guys even a drop of recognition for some quick thinking, applied skills, and out of the box ingenuity. So here it is.

About a month or so ago the City of Spartanburg Fire Department received a call for a MVA vs. Pedestrian. Dispatch received multiple calls confirming the pedestrian was completely pinned underneath he vehicle. Spartanburg FD dispatched an Engine, SQ-61, and a Battalion Chief to the call. Due to the call location within the city, Squad 61 had a delayed response time to the scene. At this same time Ladder 62 was going in-service from another call and was about four blacks away from the MVA scene. L-62 was assigned to the call and they responded to the scene. When they arrived, as dispatch had reported, there was a female victim pinned completely under a car in the middle of the roadway. L-62 only carries a basic compliment of extrication equipment, but no airbags. While CAPT J. Morgan and ENG B Baker where deciding upon a plan of attack, Senior FF Ray Mayley (who attended the MIM class) went to work applying some recently learned PL Vulcan rescue skills. FF Mayley got his crew to crib one side of the vehicle and placed the Ladder's wheel chocks on the other side. He then grabbed a 16' rood ladder and placed it on top of the wheel chocks. He lifted the vehicle and the other two members drug the patient out from underneath the vehicle. FF R Davis from SQ-61, stated while they were responding, their crew was game planning their actions for the scene and utilizing airbags was the main plan. They had about a 7 minute response time to the scene. When they arrived on the scene expecting to go to work they saw a victim that had been removed from under the vehicle and already packaged for EMS. SQ-61's crew was baffled as to how it happened, and FF Mayley explained to them the ground ladder fulcrum extrication trick that he learned from your class. This just goes to prove that the skills being taught by PL Vulcan are the real deal and not some "this should work" stuff. These are easy skills that can utilized and generate a great outcome for both the rescuers and the victim. This female victim owes her life to the crew of L-62 and the attentiveness that FF Mayley displayed during the MIM course to learn new skills and be able to apply them. The biggest compliment that I heard was. "its awesome that those guys taught some unique 'Big City' Tactics that can be used by anyone."

Gentlemen, I know you know that these skills work, but it has to validate it even more for you. Thanks again for all you shared with us, and we hope to see you again this fall for some more great times. 

Stay Safe, 

Nicholas W. Ray
Firefighter / EMT-I
Asst. Training Coordinator

North Spartanburg Fire District
8767 Asheville Highway
Spartanburg, SC 29316
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Apologize about the absence but I gotta tell ya, it has been crazy in the PLV office this year. Ok, let's cut the small talk and drill for 10 minutes....

Fire in a 2 story private dwelling. As you enter the structure, there are reports of people trapped. The boss orders you and a partner to search the second floor. As you pulled up, did you get a good layout of the dwelling? Notice any oddballs or obstacles that may affect us such as alterations or window bars / child gates? You should also be able to figure out a good layout of the inside. Bedrooms in the front, bathroom to the rear, etc. This will guide you in making a quick but thorough search.

Approaching the 2nd floor landing you notice the bathroom is right in front of you. Your size-up dictates that the bedrooms should be to the left and right of the center stairs. You and your partner decide to stick together. As you approach the bedroom on the A/D side, you decide to take a left wall and your partner goes right. Why not follow him? The "conga style search" means the lead guy is doing the work while the second guy holds on for the ride. Splitting up within the room allows for voice contact with your partner as well as a quicker search. When you run into your partner, go around him and continue your search to the door. You basically have double searched the room in half the time.

Call out to people. "Hey fire department, anyone here?" Remember, some people may be making a last minute plea bargain with "The Big Man". Letting them know we are here may encourage them to call out and lead us towards them. Also, it may deter someone who is sound asleep from thinking there is a burglar in their house. Many of times firefighters have come across unsuspected homeowners that may have been "under the weather" and thought to be an "unwelcome guest".

Use your tool to probe. Hold the halligan by the adz / point end or the axe by the head. Talk to yourself. YES, your not crazy. Muscle memory is key. "Bed, dresser, chair, etc " gives you a landmark of your location. Now, as you need to leave "chair, closet..." is not the reverse way that you came in. You WILL at some point of your career get turned around while searching. You need a plan to get yourself back on track.

Next Ten Minute Drill we will discuss locating and removing the victim. Thoughts and comments are always welcome. BE SAFE... 

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Read our article in Urban Firefighter Magazine Issue #3 entitled Outside Vent - Tower Ladder Style by Mark Gregory on Page # 82

VPS Windows - By Jim Sandas which appeared in Urban Firefiighter Magazine

 

    
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