Vehicle Extrication Forum For Firefighters

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Completing a 360-vehicle assessment after a crash is an important step to assess the extent of damage, casualty condition and identify any hazards. This enables you to create a rescue plan, safe working environment, manage the hazards contributing to a Dynamic Risk Assessment. Here are the steps to complete a 360-vehicle assessment after a crash: Ensure Safety: Before you begin the assessment, make sure the crash site is safe. If there are any potential hazards, such as traffic or leaking fluids, take appropriate precautions and address them first. Use personal protective equipment (PPE) if needed. Assess Exterior: Start by visually inspecting the exterior of the vehicle from all angles (360 degrees). Look for any visible damage, including deformation, mechanisms if injury and kinematics, and any other obvious signs of impact. Check Interior: Open all doors, trunk, and hood to inspect the interior of the vehicle. Look for any visible damage, such as deployed airbags, broken glass, shifted or damaged components, and any other interior damage caused by the crash. Access and egress pathways, levels of entrapment and number of casualties. Inspect Undercarriage: Carefully inspect the undercarriage for any additional hazards or casualties that may have ended up under the vehicle.

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