Specialized Rescue

VEHICLE EXTRICATION

Vehicle Extrication deals mostly with Motor Vehicle Accidents (M.V.A.).  The tools and skills needed to safely perform this task are much like the other rescue tasks performed by a Firefighter.  They need to be constantly training and staying ahead of technology in order to be effective.

The most commonly known Extrication device known to the public is the Spreaders; also known as “the Jaws”.  This is a tool mostly used to spread open small openings to gain access to those trapped.  The Spreaders are able to exert a force of 22,000 pounds per square inch at the tips of the tool.

Another tool much like the Spreaders is the Shears.  The Shears are basically a big pair of scissors that are used for cutting various metal objects.  The Shears can exert a force of 30,000 pounds per square inch of cutting power.

Many other tools used in extrications include extension rams, pneumatic air tools, high or low pressure air bags, and a variety of various hand tools.

TECHNICAL RESCUE (TRAP)

“Technical rescue” is a special skills area of the fire service that focuses on the application of specific knowledge, skills, and equipment to safely resolve unique and/or complex rescue situations. Examples include: rescues from confined spaces, trench collapse, water emergencies, structural collapse, and rescuing people trapped above or below grade or in other challenging situations. Providing multi-disciplined technical rescue services requires careful planning, a large time commitment from the team members, equipment research and acquisition, risk analysis, training, and funding. The Buckland Fire & Rescue team is a group of personnel having the advanced training and special equipment to safely and efficiently conduct technical rescue operations.

HIGH ANGLE RESCUE

High Angle Rescue refers to rescues that utilize ropes for rappelling down or climbing up to someone at risk.  There is not much for rock climbing around the Buckland area; however, there are a large number of grain silos and elevators, as well as a number of taller buildings. Emergencies involving trenches or wells have also seen these skills utilized.

WATER/ICE RESCUE

Water rescues are extremely dangerous due to the constant threat of debris, swift moving water and occasionally water damns.  Our Water Rescue Technicians fight the currents to safely rescue those in need. Our water rescue team constantly trains to rescue people from all water related hazards in and around the Buckland area. Please use extreme caution when on or around rivers to prevent yourself and those around you from any injuries.

HAZ-MAT

Buckland Fire & Rescue has some limited capabilities when dealing with HAZ-MAT incidents. Due to the excessive cost of equipment and training involved, most fire departments can’t afford to handle these incidents alone. Therefore, these situations are dealt with by drawing on multiple agency response.  With various dangerous chemicals being transported via train and truck transport around the countryside, the danger of chemical emergencies is always there.

Hazardous Materials are very dangerous in a fire situation due to the possibility of explosions, transfer of chemicals to the air, or reactions of water to various substances.  In most calls that deal with Hazardous Materials it is very important to quickly contain the substance to prevent it from causing harm to anyone.  This can be very difficult because of the complex nature and various number of elements:weather, type of substance, size of population and size of area affected all play a role.

If you happen to come across a chemical you may think is hazardous…

PLEASE STAY BACK and call 9-1-1 right away.