The Job Is Rescue……
For this weeks training, a “secret” scenario was set up to allow members to think on their feet and test their skills and the equipment.
The company was “alerted” for an unknown type issue at James Groff & Son, Inc.. Engine 574 and Chief 57 responded (our normal response). On arrival, they found that a “victim” was run over and trapped by a tow motor, thus upgrading the assignment to an industrial rescue, bringing the remaining units from station.
Once on scene, crews stabilized the 13,000 pound tow motor, made patient contact and then set up for a lift operation using air bags. A lift was begun, then stopped due to the center of gravity affecting the lift. The bags we reset and then extrication commenced. The tow motor was raised several inches and the victim removed once cribbing was tight and secure.
While analyzing our performance, one of our 24″ air bags had a failure of the outside skin. Luckily, it did not fail catastrophically, but if it had, our cribbing was built up correctly and it would not have caused any further damage.
This is the best type of training we can do, and to have an actual problem occur was a great learning point. We like to have our training test our members and equipment’s strengths and weaknesses. We want equipment to fail in training so we can learn from it (or replace it), thus building our members skills and experience.
Thanks to everyone who turned out and made the night a success. And now we will be ordering new air bags.