Posted July 25, 2004     Photos by Fritz Rethage
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HHFD Heavy Rescue
"Jaws of Life"

"Jaws of Life" training held on July 11, 2004
1. Story and equipment
2. Blue car: Removing front doors
3. Blue car: Removing rear doors
4. Blue car: Removing glass, roof, breaking frame & opening hood
5. Yellow truck: Removing doors
6. Yellow truck: Removing glass and roof
7. Yellow truck: Extracting victim

Mpeg movies included:  Blue car [Rear door]   [Cutting hood open]
Yellow truck [Door] [Cutting windshield #1]  [Cutting windshield #2]


Removing the windshield glass

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Removing the roof

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Note that the roof is supported as the cutting process continues
so that the roof doesn't collapse on the trapped victims.
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To protect the victims and rescure workers, sleeves cover the exposed roof supports.
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Breaking the frame

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Once the frame is broken, hydraulic ram presses on each side of the vehicle to force the dashboard/steering column forward allowing the victim to be extracted.

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Cutting open the hood

Mpeg movie [Cutting hood open] 1 meg

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