OPEN VEHICLE DOOR (ON SIDE)

Opening the upper doors on a vehicle on its side is difficult as the full weight of the doors has to be lifted. For this reason, it may be necessary to use a ladder to lift the doors from above, but this can only be done once the vehicle is fully stabilised. Alternatively, once a […]

eWXT ROADSHOW in TSCHECHIEN

It’s a pleasure to be back after Corona Lockdown! Being close to the customer is the most important thing for us! Many thanks to our Czech firemen and the positive feedback on our eWXTs!😃

DOOR RELOCATION ON WHEELS

Opening a door is the easiest way to gain access into the vehicle and the patient. It is rare that we cannot open a door with our hand using the handle, but we must be prepared to use hydraulic tools if necessary, especially if the patient is unresponsive. Once we have opened the door, the […]

HUMAN FACTORS

The term ‘Human Factors’ is a very broad term which applies to the study of how humans interact with the world around them and is usually applied to the workplace in order to improve individual and team performance. It is my belief that emergency responders generally do not think of the vital role of human […]

TIME JOURNEY: THE FIRST THREE-STAGE TELESCOPIC RAM

1996 // The world’s first three-stage telescopic ram, LTR 3.5/820, sets a new standard for quick, safe lifting work. And the patented ISV (Intelligent Selector Valve) automatically takes care of dual-mode switching on the power unit. More: www.lukas.com

TEAM BRIEFING

A successful extrication depends on a well contrived and executed plan; it is not an easy skill. The incident commander, who has overall responsibility, must gather and process a lot of information in relation to the vehicle, the patient and the environment before they can fully confirm and communicate their plan and exactly how it […]

EXTRICATION PLANNING

A successful extrication depends on a well contrived and executed plan; it is not an easy skill. The incident commander, who has overall responsibility, must gather and process a lot of information in relation to the vehicle, the patient and the environment before they can fully confirm and communicate their plan and exactly how it […]

TIME JOURNEY: INTEGRATION IN THE IDEX CORPORATION

1995 // LUKAS becomes part of the IDEX Corporation. The American company invests worldwide in successful medium-sizes enterprises in specialised markets. All of the companies in the group have a technical focus and are highly innovative. More: www.lukas.com

STABILITY INITAL ACCESS

Once it has been decided that vehicle relocation is not necessary (or after vehicle relocation has been completed) vehicles involved in the incident should be stabilized in line with the nominated extrication plan. ‘In line’ means that steps taken to achieve stability should not impede progress later on in the incident. Stability is literally the […]

VEHICLE RELOCATION

Without doubt, the most contentious addition to the revised team approach is the concept of Vehicle Relocation. It is something that is rarely even considered in most areas of the world, but I feel that in the very early stages of the rescue operation, incident commanders should evaluate its viability before proceeding. So why do […]