Extrication Updates for Vehicles with Advanced Steel Structures

Presented by Ron Moore, retired Division Chief and Author of over 200 University of Extrication articles     

Presentation Date:  October 3, 2013 – No longer Available

With increasing frequency, fire departments are reporting an inability to cut through common structural areas such as the B-pillars of late model vehicles. The normal rescue cutting tools are stalling out and they may be essentially out-gunned by new, ultra high-strength steel alloys called ‘advanced steels.’ These steels, such as Boron, can be found    in the roof pillars, roof rail, or rocker channels on a wide array of late-model vehicles, especially beginning with the 2012 model year. During the presentation, Ron Moore brings the pages of his University of Extrication series on this topic to life as he    explains the lessons learned from his nearly year-long research project on the challenges presented by these advanced steels. Learn how they are being used by auto manufacturers to meet the 2012 model year crash standards. Is your rescue team ready for the challenge of advanced steel?

This webcast is available online at or you may request a complimentary copy on disc from AMKUS.

Hidden Hazards Inside of a Vehicle-Firefighter Nation Webcast

Presented by Mike Smith
Presentation date:  Thursday, April 4, 2013

In the past 10 years, the automotive industry has made many changes to the way vehicles are made—and these changes are, in turn, changing the way first responders approach motor vehicle accidents. Air bags are found throughout the vehicle, pretensioners are used in second- and third-row seats, and the seats are starting to resemble those of a jet fighter, with multiple technological enhancements packed into a small package. Automakers are also increasingly using advanced steels like boron to add strength to their body structure, to meet the latest government crash requirements and to reduce weight to improve fuel economy.

Although these developments create a safer vehicle for drivers and passengers, they also create new challenges for firefighters. Fortunately, hydraulic tool makers have stepped up to the plate to produce tools that can cut and spread their way through the strongest body structure on the road today. But rescuers must continue to hone their techniques to use these new tools, while also maintaining awareness of vehicle hazards from bumper to bumper.

This webcast will provide an in-depth look at inner-circle extrication operations on new vehicles. You’ll learn:

  • Common battery locations, disconnection options, airbag precautions, advanced steel locations, and techniques to work around and manage these hazards
  • How to identify and mitigate high-voltage batteries and cables
  • Techniques for managing all the vehicle hazards during an extensive extrication

Vehicle Extrication: Entry and Disentanglement Skills

Presented by: Michael Daley
Presentation Date: Thu 07/26/12

With over 250 million passenger vehicles registered in the U.S., Lt. Michael Daley’s interactive program is designed to equip all responders with the skills to effectively force entry into crashed vehicles and disentangle the victims. In this well-illustrated program he will examine techniques for door removal, full-side displacement, dash displacement and high dash lift and more. The webcast will detail crash scene size-up skills and spell out the challenges between accidents involving newer and older model vehicles.

You may view this webcast online at or request the webcast on CD from AMKUS.

Lt. Michael Daley, a Contributing Editor, serves with the Monroe Township Fire District No. 3 and he was recently earned the Master Fire Instructor certification from the ISFSI. He is an instructor at the Middlesex County Fire Academy where he developed rescue training curriculum and serves on New Jersey Task Force 1. He is a managing member of Fire Service Performance Concepts and a monthly columnist on

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