eBook - RTC Extrication RESCUE

Road Traffic Collision Extrication Rescue – Advanced Vehicle Entrapment Rescue

This eBook has been mastered using Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf) that has been embedded in a stand alone Creamer both for security and registration purposes. The Creamer offers a Note Pad facility where readers can type into and save their notes. It is internet linked to the resQmed free study program for the sharing and collection of information.  Although this facility is optional, the eMailer in the collection and sharing of information section can be used as a help-line and the attached note file sent or deleted as required.

The eBook is a fully revised edition of Advanced Vehicle Entrapment Rescue (Produced in cooperation with Holmatro as a user guide) and it also incorporates the revision of 'How Will SRS Affect Occupational Safety'? It is the only production on the market that explains extrication management in relation to SRS.  Republished in 2005 as 'RTC extrication RESCUE', It is comprehensively illustrated, containing 243 pages with many hyperlinks to resQmed's sharing and collection of information study program, where volumes of additional information and research can be accessed and downloaded.

Author: Len Watson:  Price - £29.99  (Licensing on application)   ISBN:  0-9550551-7-2 / 978-9550551-7-2 

Subject:  The RTC extrication eBook offers an easily digestible, comprehensive up-to-date guide on motor vehicle crash rescue for fire fighters.  Laid out in a sequential format, it offers easy to follow, extensive risk-assessed evolutions to cover most eventualities, which are fully explained and comprehensively illustrated in this production. 

In a special section, devoted to occupational safety and SRS, risk-assessed extrication options are detailed for undeployed SRS/SIPS, where the battery cannot be disconnected.



1. Logic/Key – Understanding the user guide:  2. Safe tool operation: 3. Scene assessment, control and vehicle stabilisation: 4. Glass management: 5. Space making techniques, side and roof evolutions: 6. Seat adjustment and seat removal:  7. Trapped in the front seat/footwell: 8. The overturned vehicle: 10. Accidents involving commercial vehicles: 11. Occupational safety and SRS – Introduction, vehicle extrication and dynamic risk assessment and management: 12. *Frontal airbags: 13. *Seatbelt pretensioners: 14. *Side impact protection bags: 15. *Head protection systems and inflation curtains.

Active Contents Listing

The e-production has an active, fully comprehensive contents listing.  Simply scroll select and click takes the reader to the subject matter instantly.

If preferred – simply print out your own A4 size hard copy.


Clear, concise line illustrations are used rather than photographs as they offer a much higher degree of clarity

Wherever SRS is relevant in the technique or evolution been explained, an active SRS icons appears throughout the publication. Simply click this icon and it will transport the reader to the relevant section dealing with SRS risk assessment and the appropriate risk control measures.


The pedigree of this book makes it a classic reference manual for crash rescue vehicle extrication. The first edition was drawn and adapted from ‘RTA persons trapped’ and published in cooperation with Holmatro as a user guide for power rescue tool operators.

Years of further research to encompass new vehicle technology has seen the manual revised and updated and it now appears as an eco friendly e-production. Re-released in 2005 this manual holds the key to the future of extrication rescue.

Equipment must be able to perform the job at hand and preparedness training built to reflect real end-user needs.  Unfortunately for the victim, rescue has no accountability, has no mechanism in place to collect and analyse data, and no minimum standard to rise above.

That’s why ‘RTC extrication RESCUE’ contains many hyperlinks to resQmed's sharing and collection of information study program, where volumes of additional information and research can be accessed and downloaded free-of-charge.  Our help-line facility is there both for the Rescuer and casualties alike to make use of for the benefit of all.

Safety in Extrication Rescue - The number of new innovations such as glazing, motive systems and safety features incorporated within new vehicle designs, have created very real challenges for the rescue profession.  Not only that, but there is a very real need to be able to perform extrication evolutions alongside undeployed/live SRS systems.  Certain accident types will make it impossible for the rescuer to disconnect the battery and many extrications will have to be performed with live systems (i.e. under-rides, vehicle resting on its roof, battery located under trapped person etc).  Additionally, many of the commonly practiced extrication evolutions will now be affected by new developments and innovations in vehicles.

DRA - Dynamic Risk Assessment - The importance of ‘Generic’ risk assessment procedures must be stressed; as vehicles of the same model year may incorporate different components and batches e.g. SRS systems may be supplied by different manufacturers or upgraded to multi-functional modules.

Customers’ preferred options will always be an unknown quantity and cannot, by any stretch of the imagination be part of any planned precognition. It is therefore essential to adopt a ‘pry before you work’ concept – i.e. Strip the trim to pillars and posts to reveal the installation slots so that the exact position of SRS, SIPS and, where practical, sensors and wiring can be identified.  This approach is being universally adopted throughout the fire rescue service.  When performing any extrication strategy it has now become mandatory to view and risk-assess prior to conducting any evolution that could possibly alter the integrity of any system that could cause injury.

New Challenges - It is not enough to know or be able to identify where safety systems and other components and HSLA/Boron steels etc are located.  What can and cannot be undertaken without incurring risk is of vital importance and relating that to performance and outcomes is essential. The rescuer must first be able to recognise risk and have an appreciable understanding of what can possibly go wrong and how to manage the situation accordingly in order to remove or manage the risk.

Do we disconnect or do we cut the SRS wiring harness ?  This manual tell all.

New developments have left rescuers behind.  Training departments are struggling to acquire relevant information and innovate safe procedures and techniques to address the issues raised.  Newly perceived risks can be triggered by short circuit, static charge, crushing or knocking against with a heavy rescue tool and air curtain inflation cylinders, charged up to 9000 psi (Over 600 Bar) can be accidentally cut through and could have catastrophic consequences.


Illustration - All steel seatback, electronic buckle Pretensioner and seat-back mounted Retractor and SIP airbag  


The question – ‘Can we disconnect or cut the SRS harness’ can be justifiable answered with a resounding ‘yes you can’ but only where the correct safety procedures are put in place.

Every extrication evolution must be risk-assessed.  It is pointless doing a risk assessment if you do not fully understand the basic fundamentals.  It is not enough to be able to recognise some of the risks; all elements must be a known quantity.

For example – Newer seat designs incorporate many new innovations.  From electronic or mechanical seatbelt pretensioners to various types of seat mounted airbags.  Not only will side impact sensors deploy SIP airbags, but some will also trigger all pretensioners where seatbelt toggles are plugged into their buckles.

HOW WELL INFORMED ARE YOU - Can you and your team afford to be complacent? 

Safe and efficient extrication are essential requirements and must be regarded professionally as the only way forward mitigating 'duty of care' and giving 'best value results.  

With that in mind, take a look at our 'Crash Rescue' eBook on 'Vehicle Extrication and In-Vehicle Prehospital Trauma Care', the first cross-platform production, giving efficient 'best practice' advice on interacting the disciplines of technical rescue with in-vehicle trauma care, patient packaging and removal - www.resqmed.com/CR.htm 

The Essentials for Future Preparedness

Vehicle extrication – dynamic risk assessment and management, needs a proper support mechanism. Today rescuers cannot possibly carry all the necessary information around inside their heads and be expected to always make the correct judgment call.  The rescuer needs help: not tomorrow but now!  We live in the age of information technology and instant access to relevant and safe codes of practice to support extrication evolutions are essential.

Visit -  MVA extrication PathFinder

About the author:

Profile - 29 years an operational firefighter, 26 years riding a rescue vehicle covering 23 station patches in London's East End in the UK, Len Watson has written several books on rescue and laterally e-books - 'RTC extrication rescue' and 'Crash Rescue' that combine the disciplines of vehicle extrication and in-vehicle pre-hospital trauma care, Extrication Rescue - Dynamic Risk Assessment, MVA Extrication Pathfinder and much more - see www.resqmed.com 


Len Watson



Full Profile and publications visit - http://www.resqmed.com/Len_Watson_Profile.htm