In light of what happened in Minneapolis, where EMTs went in to rescue victims while the gunman was still loose, concerns about EMT safety are being addressed.
Hybrid & electric cars are increasing their numbers on the road. But this means that more MVA’s involve these cars. Firefighters have unique concerns in these situations, such as electrocution, an exploding battery & the lack of noise when a car is running & even moving. So firefighters in Seattle are getting trained by car experts on battery-charged electric & hybrid cars.
FYI, electrocution & exploding batteries are not such a big concern. The silent engine is.
Lake Quinsigamond in Shrewsbury, Mass., has a surface area of 770 acres, is 4 miles long & oddly shaped. This can make rescue a challenge. So to resolve this problem, the local fire department got a hovercraft. This enables rescuers to travel across the lake frozen or liquid.
“In warmer weather, you have the police boat on the lake. Obviously, it’s in shrink-wrap right now,” Fire Chief Jim Vuona said. “The advantage of the hovercraft is it can go over broken ice.”
Read the full story by John Swinconeck at the Shrewsbury Daily Voice.
Chief Ernie Rhodes suggests using the blunt end of a fire ax when ventilating a roof rather than the cutting end. This makes for a faster and more efficient way to ventilate.
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