By Joe Cousins
Auto extrication specialists with Central Cariboo Search and Rescue (CCSAR) were at the Williams Lake Scrap Metal Recycling yard for some advanced extrication rescue skills training this past Saturday.
(Photo: Five CCSAR members organize a day of advanced training.)
The group had placed cars on top of other cars to simulate various two-vehicle motor vehicle incidents. The team leader for each scenario would leave for a few minutes to let the remaining four members devise a scenario. When that team leader returned, they were briefed on the scenario and had a short time to develop a rescue sequence.
The five members would then run through the mock rescue using hydraulics to lift the cars on top, steel supports and heavy duty straps to secure the vehicles from movement. Using prybars, hydraulic spreaders and the jaws of life, they would remove the roof, doors, seats, steering column and anything else that was in the way of safely removing the occupant from the vehicle.
The intricate scenarios included simulating a vehicle occupant either trapped between the two vehicles, pinned by the steering wheel, stuck in the drivers or passenger seats or trapped in the top vehicle.
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