Sweet’s vehicle extrication book an excellent resource tool
By David Pease The Reds Team
|Last issue we looked at several items that could be used in search and rescue — the Coaxsher Pack and the Hennessy Hammock. Both proved to be excellent field gear for search. There is a new system coming out from Delorme that hopefully I will get to evaluate utilizing their PN-60 GPS unit. The GPS unit will be able to receive and send information and texts.
We are living in a time of rapid expanding technology that we have a hard time keeping up with. Between computers and iPhones, and the applications that continuously come out, it is almost impossible to keep up. As my folks tell me, I am still living in the stone age, as my cell phone is an older flip phone that is not text friendly. But then, I have a hard time reading the little numbers anyway. Whatever happened to the personal touch of actually talking to someone? How soon will we lose our abilities to communicate effectively with others and things become impersonal?
I usually try and evaluate several things in my column, however, this time I am going to discuss a book that has come out about vehicle extrication. The book is entitled “Vehicle Extrication, Levels I & II: Principles and Practice”, by David Sweet. The Fire Journal sent me a copy of the book and I have looked through it for how well it flows, how easy is it to read, what information does it provide, is it up to date, and are there supplemental learning avenues and suggestions.
First, let me tell you I am impressed with the book. It took the NFPA guidelines and followed them in the format. In North Carolina we have a really good Technical Rescuer certification program through our state Fire Marshall’s office and the community college system. But considering that many states have no formal program and the departments have to follow NFPA through their own polices and training guidelines, this book will be an excellent tool.
The book contains 13 chapters, beginning with “Introduction to Vehicle Extrication” and ending with “Terminating the Incident.” In between this are chapters that talk about anatomy, new technology, tools, stabilization, access and extrication techniques. The book also has two chapters covering agricultural extrication and commercial vehicles. This allows for NFPA 1006 and NFPA 1670 to be covered. Having a good single text that will provide the information to cover Vehicle Machinery Rescue will be an excellent resource tool. Each chapter gives you the NFPA objectives that may apply to that chapter. It also gives the student knowledge objectives and skill objectives. Each chapter also has a page written by an experienced fire/rescue person that adds some insight for that topic. The pictures are up to date and precise, and the text is easy to read. The end of every chapter gives you a “Wrap-up” that provides you with a review section and a terms section. These are good because they give you the key points from that topic and the main terms used as well. The end of each chapter also has a test that can be taken or used by an Instructor.
Also looking at the credits and resources for this text, it tells me a lot of input and research went into putting this book together. The biggest problem with a lot of rescue text books is, when all the research is gathered and put together, and you are ready to put the book out, some of the information is already out dated. We as rescuers also have to remember that, and be willing to stay on top of that by utilizing online technology. Nothing will be totally inclusive and have all current information 100%. Technology changes too fast for that to be possible.
Maybe one day I will put a book out, as I have contemplated and talked about it for quite some time. Will be going back to Guatemala in March 2012 to train more rescue and firefighters, so until my schedule slows down, guess the book will not happen.
Hope everyone had a great Christmas and the coming year will be good for you. Do your research and make wise purchases. Until next time, stay safe!
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