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On most rescue trucks, the lifting airbag is the strongest tool in terms of lifting capacity.  It is also probably one of the least-thought about and misunderstood tools available to the rescue world.  For purposes of this post, I want to focus on the “least-thought about” part, especially in terms of longevity. Last week, we […]

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When was the last time your department used the tailboard on the apparatus? – No, I don’t mean riding the tailboard to calls – which in and of itself was an art. – I mean using the tailboard for training. Recently, I taught some evening classes with departments I work with regularly, and after the “formal” training […]

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By Eric J. Rickenbach “I feel the need. The need for_______.” Most people can quote this famous line from Tom Cruise’s 1986 hit movie Top Gun.  But for purposes of discussion, I left off the last words.  I did this because when it comes to today’s vehicle extrication process we need to think about what […]

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Any agency/department looking to purchase rescue tools should read this article from the NFPA which will help them understand the NFPA 1936: What are the benefits of NPFA 1936 Rescue Tools?

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Do you ever get your hydraulic hoses tangled up and kinked when pulling them off of your hose reels? A seriously kinked hose can actually be physically damaged and require replacement. Patrick Allinger, who is a vehicle rescue instructor for Weber Hydraulik in Germany and Austria, posted a YouTube video with a trick on how […]

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