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Cover of Principles of Heavy Vehicle Extrication, 1st Edition Manual.IFSTA’s Principles of Heavy Vehicle Extrication, First Edition, provides rescue personnel with an understanding of the current challenges, techniques, skills and equipment available for the safe and effective extrication of victims trapped in heavy vehicles and in passenger vehicles involved in heavy vehicle incidents.

This manual teaches heavy vehicle extrication in three levels of capability: Awareness Level, Operations Level, and Technician Level. Foundational material is presented before moving on to more complex concepts and follows the same linear sequence a rescuer will encounter at a heavy vehicle extrication incident.

This textbook is appropriate for firefighters, law enforcement personnel, Emergency Medical Services personnel, industrial and transportation emergency response members, public works and utility employees, military responders, and rescue personnel.

The scope of this manual includes job performance requirements (JPRs) from Chapter 9, Heavy Vehicle Rescue of NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications, 2021 Edition. Where appropriate, the manual references relevant sections of NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents.

Key features of this manual

  • Chapter References
  • Key Term Definitions
  • Review Questions
  • Discussion Questions
  • 25 Skill Sheets

Important differences from previous editions

Because NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications, 2021 Edition, divides heavy and passenger vehicle extrication disciplines into two separate chapters, IFSTA has also addressed these topics in two manuals. This manual provides information on heavy vehicle extrication only. However, some of the topics in this manual are also included in IFSTA’s Principles of Passenger Vehicle Extrication, 5th Edition, when necessary to repeat requisite knowledge.

New features in this edition

This edition has a new structure teaching heavy vehicle extrication using the "Five Steps" model, which is:

Step 1: Identify Vehicle and Cargo Weight Hazards (Identify the Load)
Step 2: Stop the Crush
Step 3: Lower the Smaller Vehicle
Step 4: Lift the Load
Step 5: Separate and Extricate


  1. Conducting Scene Size-Up and Establishing Scene Safety Zones
  2. Establishing Fire Protection and Mitigating Hazards
  3. Responding to Vehicle Extrication Incidents
  4. Preventing Further Victim Injury
  5. Tools and Equipment
  6. Heavy Vehicle Anatomy and Hazards
  7. The Five Steps of Heavy Vehicle Extrication
  8. Heavy Vehicle Stabilization
  9. Lifting and Moving Heavy Vehicles
  10. Extrication and Disentagnlement
  11. Appendix A: Chapter and Page Correlation to NFPA 1006, 2021 Edition, Chapter 9 Requirements
  12. Appendix B: Resources for Restoring Rescuer Readiness
  13. Appendix C: Common Heavy Vehicle Extrication Tools and Equipment
  14. Appendix D: Chains in the Resuce World

Product specifications

Printed version specs

ISBN: 978-0-87939-742-5

Pages: 373

E-book specs

ISBN: 978-0-87939-744-9

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Publication No. FR36709
Price $63 to $75