3 Hour Lecture

            Introductions, student sign-in and paperwork

            Summary of 12-hour program

            Meets NFPA 1006 and NFPA 1670


  • Power Point program to support lecture. 

    • Jones & Bartnett, Second Edition, Firefighter Skills, Chapter 25, Vehicle Rescue and Extrication

Lecture topics to include:

  • Recognizing the need for a vehicle search and rescue

  • Identifying the resources necessary to conduct operations

  • Initiating the emergency response system for vehicle search and rescue incidents

  • Initiating site control and scene management

  • Recognizing general hazards associated with vehicle rescue

  • Initiating traffic control

  • Operations protocols

  • Request support and resources

  • PPE

  • Lighting, Traffic Control

  • Vehicle Anatomy / Vehicle Types,

  • review of vehicle collision dynamics,

  • vehicle stabilization,

  • patient care

  • Fire Control Support

  • Extrication tool overview


  Tool Lab

  • Basic overview of hydraulic rescue tools including spreader, cutter, ram and accessories

  • Discussion on tool safety





8:00 Hours of instruction


Introductions, student sign-in and related paperwork

Students broken down into groups

If necessary we will cover stabilization as a group prior to separating.


            Skill Stations – (3) Student Groups not to exceed (10) students per group

Stations:  Each station will have at least one instructor and cover the following but not limited to. Students will spend time at each station, stabilizing removing doors, roof and dash displacement. Students will then rotate to the next instructor to obtain more tool time and different options for techniques.


  • Focus:  Patient Care, Provide Initial Medical Care

  • Focus:  Establish Command, Scene Size-Up 360 x 7, Circle of Safety, Mitigating Hazards (Traffic, Fire, Electric, Environmental, others), Vehicle Stabilization/Cribbing, Capturing Vehicle Suspension,

    • Instructors will teach/review methods of vehicle stabilization and cribbing practices preventing moving during rescue operations, entry exit, and tool placement points are not compromised.

  • Focus:  Use of Hydraulic and other Power Tools, Use of Hand Tools

    • Stabilize the vehicle to include controlling the power and fuel

    • Force the vehicle doors

    • Remove the windshield and other glass

    • Displace the roof

    • Displace the dashboard

    • Displace the seats

    • Remove the steering wheel

    • Open the hood

    • Open the truck



1:00     Lunch

  • Students break for lunch

  • Instructors prep for afternoon scenarios


3:00     Scenarios

  • Focus: Students will use the skills learned from the instruction to completed these evolutions by themselves. Instruction will only be provided for safety.

  • Crash scenarios to be created using junk cars.

  • Simulated dummies to be used as victims. 

  • Student Objectives

    • Apply information learned in Awareness class

    • Apply skills learned in Skill Stations

    • Demonstrate proficiency in skills and teamwork

  • Minimum of (3) scenarios to be created and used.  Additional scenarios can be created, time permitting.