Friday, December 03, 2010
MVC's: SOPS for First Responders
Rescue Tools are highly specialized pieces of equipment. You and fellow members should have a thorough working knowledge of these devices, including all appropriate safety precautions and maintenance procedures.
Of course, Rapid Extrication is the key to any successful Vehicle Rescue. Extrication.Com is a wonderful resource for those of you who’d like to learn more about state-of-the-art extrication techniques, especially precautions that should be taken when working with automobile airbags.
I encourage you and your members to review your department’s SOP’s and any local regulations dealing with emergency activities at motor vehicle accidents. Remember, our primary job at any MVA is to deliver quality patient care, and at the same time, keeping our own teams safe.
Photos used to illustrate this article were taken by the author during an MVC with the driver trapped near Wilmington, Delaware. The incident occured on busy I-95 northbound lanes during a holiday rush. Responders included New Castle County Paramedics, BLS crews from Christiana Fire Company and Wilmington Manor Fire Company, along with Rescue-Engines and Heavy Rescue from Christiana Fire Company, Minquas Fire Company, and Wilmington Manor Fire Company.