Trainers' Presentation Program            

Vehicle Construction Part 4 Trucks

Truck/Cabs - monocoque construction and component parts


This presentation offers the trainer an excellent resource to provide the student with logical instruction in the science of vehicle construction complete with the universal naming of component parts relevant to entrapment extrication rescue. Built for interactive presentation, the program is equipped with an electronic summary assessment facility, offering instant redirection to the appropriate section for revision and validation. it is accompanied with it's own student eBook which incorporates electronic self assessment and certification print out; or where the student fails the assessment, the program will inform them of the areas requiring revision.


This training program offers a valuable resource as to the relevant construction of commercial trucks suitable for the understanding and explanation of extrication procedures. The menu offers instant hyperlinked access to all sections of the program and access to an electronic notepad and internet access to resQmed's 'Sharing and Collection of Information' research and study site. 

The objectives are based on a logical understanding of cab construction and components necessary to fully understand the extrication evolutions that are universally practiced by fire departments world wide.

 The Program gives a suitable explanation of all the various truck types and specialist vehicles.

 A rule of thumb logic is given to rationalise axle weights and the importance they hold for heavy lifting and the assessment of load weight.

The safety implications that damaged and over heated truck tyres can place on extrication management and firefighting is explained so that scene assessment can evaluate the risk involved.  

where heavy lifting is necessary to raise the rear of a truck the suspension geometry can play a major part  in undermining the end result. Each suspension design has its own peculiarity in this respect and has safety implications that effect rescuers and casualties alike and program content relays the importants of this.

As most entrapments relate to the truck's cab, the program concentrates on the types of cab and their construction, and peculiarities in their design relating to extrication.

Cab height relevant to ground clearance, door lock and seating height and the top of the windscreen is explained to identify the problems of using heavy equipment above waist height. 

The operation of the tilt cab securing mechanism and its stability after a crash is analysed so that students have a better understanding for assessing the risk that this can hold.  

An active schematic presentation is used to illustrate the monocoque construction of a typical truck cab to impart to the student the logical sequence of build. 

The different designs that can be found in cabs is explained in a way that illustrates the strength of construction and the difficulty that can be experienced when extricating a casualty.

 High mounted cabs present their own set of problems to the rescuer. The health and safety implications of using heavy rescue equipment above waist height is brought to the students attention as is the necessity to work from a secure platform. 

The recognition of bodywork deformity is used to inform students as to how the occupant is actually trapped and the typical implications that this deformity has in respect of cutting and ramming.  

The comfort zone of the cab interior is likely to become very restrictive as crash deformity intrudes into the cab. Photo-realistic schematics are skillfully used to illustrate the cab's interior, it's amenities and SRS system to the student. 

Battery disconnection is not always a matter of isolation at the shut-off switch, so students are informed on the appropriate measure to disconnect the battery pack.   

The program is equipped with a summary assessment page that allows the trainer to validate the instruction and, where necessary, hyperlink back to the relevant area that needs revision.