|Car won't start? Show it who's boss! Cut it down to size.|
|Nuthin' better than your cutter 'n spreader.|
They're both around 35 lbs - which wears on you after a while.
|It takes a hoard|
for safe extraction by board
Proper removal takes five of us. The best way to get the driver out is to get two of us in the car with him/her. One directly behind to hold the head steady, hopefully preventing further neck injury, and one next to him/her to guide the legs out. Outside the car there's three more of us with the board; one guiding it under the driver, one on the other side of the board to help pull the driver out once their oriented correctly, and one to push the board in and under. Doing everything possible to keep the hips in line with the upper body and head, we pivot the person onto the board and then slide them up until they're completely on it. Then that's pulled out and carried to the waiting stretcher.
Well, one day's training spread out on these and other techniques and equipment doesn't make me an expert in any of it. But if that beeper goes off and it's a car accident / rescue needed I know I can help. Worth a Saturday learning how to me. And the hot soak in the tub at home afterwards felt damn good too.