Leesburg, Va. (October 8, 2014) – During the week of September 22 to 24, 2014, the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency management hosted a Heavy Technical Rescue (HTR) Training course provided by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.
Personnel assigned to Rescue Squad 613 enhanced their heavy rescue skills, focusing on lifting 60,000lb commercial vehicles that crashed on top of passenger cars in simulated accidents. The commercial vehicles included tractor trailers, a commuter bus, school bus and a hazardous materials tank trailer. Some of the simulated accidents included lateral under ride, rear end under ride by passenger cars, and commercial vehicles that rolled on top of them. Personnel worked to stabilize the accidents and lift the heavy vehicles to create separation between the two, allowing the passenger cars to be pulled or winched from underneath the commercial vehicle.
The class also allowed personnel to work closely with a local heavy wrecker company Road Runner Wrecker Service Inc., who would provide assistance with lifting heavy commercial vehicles during complex rescue extrications.
This three day course drew students from Loudoun County and neighboring jurisdictions, such as Prince William County, Manassas, Metropolitan Washington Airports Association, Quantico and Fauquier County.
All 24 of these Technical Rescue Personnel have obtained a basic foundation on extricating victims from accidents involving heavy commercial vehicles, safely, efficiently, and with the resources around them.