Vehicle Rescue Technician


Hours: 16 | Prerequisites: None | Students: 15–24 | Host requirements: Yes | POST: Yes | CEU: Yes

Today vehicle extrication is as much a part of the fire service as firefighting. This class deals with tools and techniques required to remove an entrapped victim from a vehicle accident. Emphasis is on proper use of powered and manual rescue tools and air bags, coordination with EMS personnel, vehicle designs, ICS, and safety considerations. Participants will apply these techniques in practical applications. This course meets Chapter 8, Technician Level, of NFPA 1670 Standard Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents, as well as, Chapter 10, Vehicle Rescue of NFPA 1006, Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications.

Special requirements

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The following gear is required to participate: helmet, bunker coat, bunker pants with boots, and gloves that met the NFPA standard 1971 at the time of purchase.

Host requirements

  • 1 vehicle for every 5 students
  • Power hydraulic rescue equipment
  • “L” bracket
  • Hand equipment:
    • 1 sawzall with 18tpi blades
    • 1 squirt bottle for soapy water
    • 1 socket set and set of wrenches for disassembly
    • Chains
    • 1-4 ton porta power with duck bill spreaders
    • 1-4 ton porta power with wedge attachment
    • Accessory kit with 4-ton ram and attachments
    • 1 partner pry-axe
  • Air chisel kit which includes:
    • The regulator
    • Gun
    • Assorted bits (“T” bits or double edge bit, and chisel bits)
    • Air hose if it is to be used with a large air cylinder then at least 25 feet of hose should be supplied
  • Cribbing for stabilization:
    • Minimum of 40 — 4x4’s, 18 inches long
    • 20 — 2x4’s, 18 inches long
    • 10 — 4x4’s, cut end to end to make wedges
    • 4 step chocks
  • High-pressure air bags:
    • A complete set to include at least 3 lifting bags
    • Regulator
    • Hoses and controls
    • 2 — 3/4 inch plywood 18-20 inches square

    Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

    • 16 hours Technical

    Continuing education unit (CEU)

    • EMS Non Core-16

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