I would have liked to see a winch cable attached to any portion of the vehicle and then dragged onto the shore. Its risky but if the firefighters can stay safe then the only risk is to the patient (and is justified). Just stay downstream so you dont get sucked into the vehicle and stay out of the path of the cable?
Is there anything out there to speed these calls up? I can honestly say that 2 of these three calls would have definitely saved a life if something could have been done quicker (they were still alive when fire and EMS were on scene)
If there is a way to secure the vehicle without excess risk to you or your crew, there's no reason not to try.
Like everything, it depends on resources and the situation... distance from the road or access point, position of the vehicle, actual access to the water (gradual slope, or shoreline to work from vs. steep hill or cliff), still water vs. swift moving water, a vehicle on scene capable of winching, etc...
1. depth of water
2. contamination in water
3. distance from shore
4. skill of rescuers
5. level of risk to the rescuers
6. available equipment
Couple of things I would look at:
1. do you carry chains on the apparatus ?? are the chains long enough to reach the vehicle ?? can a rescuer safely attach the chains to the vehicle for the apparatus to pull the vehicle out ??
2. perhaps work out a dispatch protocol with your local towing companies so that they are automatically called out for a scenario such as this. By having the tow truck there right away, and some trained rescuers to access the vehicle and attach the tow cable to the vehicle precious time can be saved, and at the same time chances for patient survival are greatly increased.
What this may come down to is the willingness of your department, or the authority having jurisdiction, to allow your department to undertake this type of rescue work. I personally would hate to stand by and watch people die if I felt that I safely could make a rescue attempt.
Stay safe !!
I didnt know that a course for this existed (not submerged but still applicable). I have no affiliation with raven rescue, but thought Id put this here so if anyone ever searched in the future they could find this in this thread
http://ravenrescue.com/emergency-respon ... s-in-water
Rescue from Vehicles in Water
The course explores the advanced swiftwater and technical rope rescue techniques necessary when responding to incidents involving vehicles in moving water. The curriculum includes vehicle behaviour, vehicle stabilization, and risk mitigation, as well as access techniques and casualty extrication. It features a secure in-water training vehicle in a controlled river environment for a realistic learning experience. Meets and exceeds NFPA 1670 and 1006 requirements as well as Canadian WCB and OHS standards.
This advanced course is specially-designed for those already certified to the Swiftwater Rescue Technician level (current certification required). It was developed by Rescue 3 International and offered for the first time in Canada in September 2012.
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