Video link - CRASHES
Vehicle extrication rescue has grown considerably from the early years. Although
the development of power hydraulic tools have had a major impact, it is the initiative
taken by Firefighters, Paramedics and, to a significant degree, Doctors that has
driven the whole concept forward to what it is today.
Much still waits to be achieved and I am sure that the movers and shakers of rescue
will continue to push the boundaries forward but this is largely dependant on how
well orchestrated they are. While some fire departments are well equipped others
have to get by with much less. Others have developed training and SOP’s to a realistic
standard while many remain unenthusiastic, with little or no motivation and subsequently,
less proficient in their performance.
The likely results of poor performance can be classified as perceptive; cannot be
proven or disproved and leave the perpetrators unaccountable. Take it from me this
is how it’s always been and decency has no part in it.
The Extrication Challenge was conceived to promote and develop rescue. A worthwhile
achievement that has taken foothold and, as intended, acting as a catalyst it has
achieved some notable successes. Unfortunately in recent years the competition has
bogged down and seems to have lost its way. What was started by those that actually
performed the extrications has been hijacked by the system and eventually over run
by intoxicated rules and regulations that bear no resemblance to the real world.
Consequently this has stifled the concept of innovation and the platform for the
sharing of information and extrication evolutions by bringing like-minded Rescuers
together. Over reaction to Health & Safety, the perception of risk where there is
none; and where a hazard actually exists it is removed along with any learning curve
Still remaining at ‘first-aid’ level, casualty care has deviated from any practical
understanding of what the real world holds for the entrapped, those victims who are
dying and most in need of medical intervention.
The interaction of technical and medical rescue, cross platform training and audit
is vitally important to the development of crash rescue. People have been dying needlessly
and will continue to die needlessly until this initiative is given official recognition.