Cribbing and MREs

CarolinaFireJournal - David Pease
David Pease
08/07/2015 -

As I write this article, the temperature is going to hit close to 100 degrees. Yesterday during a class I was teaching, the temperature was a 101 degrees and the heat index was 104 degrees. It’s only June and summer is not even officially here. I hope this is not a sign of things to come this summer. We did scale things back a bit, and were able to complete the training. Summer is a good time to train, but make sure you keep your folks hydrated and cool. This is especially true when working extrications in the heat and humidity. Take care of yourself and your folks.


Summer is a good time to train, but make sure you keep your folks hydrated and cool. This is especially true when working extrications in the heat and humidity. Take care of yourself and your folks.

Turtle Cribbing is always on top of the game when it comes to cribbing and the technology that goes with it. Plastic cribbing has now been around for a while and has proven to be durable and strong. It takes more abuse than wood, does not absorb hydrocarbons, is easy to clean and has better capability when it comes to stacking. A couple of years ago Turtle Cribbing came out with a new step cog step crib system. This step crib allows you to use it as a regular step crib, then flip it over and it becomes a wedge. The best part is that there is a sliding cog that works with the step crib to slide up and down, thus giving the rescuer a moving flat surface that comes up under the load. A very versatile piece of cribbing.

Now Turtle Cribbing has come out with another piece if ingenuity. They have developed a crib top plate. This plate can be used on the top or bottom of your crib stack to either give you a nice flat top surface to work, or a better base to build from. The plate comes in two sizes, 18” by 18” or 24” by 24”. The crib plate also has slots that will fit the cribbing so it locks in during build and use. This will enhance your cribbing stacks to make them more stable, especially when having to reach higher platforms. The other good thing is all of their cribbing is made in America, and is made from recycled plastics. It is always good to save a tree when you can. You can see more on the crib top plate, the step cog and other turtle cribbing products at

Another product I came across does not have anything to do with extrication, but falls more in the field of wilderness search and rescue. Most of us are quite familiar with the MREs that the military has had for quite some time. Military folks are real familiar with them. There are several brands, the military spec. ones and the ones that are more commercially marketed but pretty much the same. Coyote Camp Meals now gives you a great choice for easy portable meals in place of MREs. They have 24 different selections, each with nine separate components in each meal. They give you a choice for vegetarian and even breakfast options. The meals are balanced for maximum nutrition and better tasting choices. The one I had and tried was natural wood smoked beef jerky, a wood smoked pepperoni stick, some tropical trail mix, good ole M&Ms, a dark chocolate, almond, coconut bar and a Emergenc-C (1,000MG Vitamin C ) supplement. I must say everything tastes good and gives you the proteins that you need.

These meals are good for searchers in the field, but they are also good for firefighters that may be tied up on wood or wild land fires and large structure fires. They are good for disaster responses where folks will be onsite for long periods of time. These meals are an all-around good choice for quick and nutritious supplements in the field. You can get more information at their website:

There are a lot of new things in the area of rescue coming down the tubes in the next little while, so we will be looking for some of them to bring to you. Stay cool, train hard, and feel free to contact me for questions, suggestions or equipment you may have come across you would like to share with others.

If you have any questions or comments, please shoot me an email at [email protected]. Until next time, train hard, be safe, and know your equipment.
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