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Heavy Impacts: A Methodical approach to Heavy Vehicle Rescue

Lead Instructors: Jeff Hakola, Andrew Hale and the Blue Collar Training Network
Details: This is a two (2) Day HOT Class. A box lunch will be provided. Shuttles available to site, departures from Paramount Hotel
Dates/Times: February 27th AND 28th, 2020. 0800-1700.
Price: $380
Required Equipment: Either full turnouts OR tech rescue/extrication PPE (Long pants/long sleeve coat/gloves/steel toed boots/helmet/eye protection) Dress for possible snowy weather!
Shuttle Departure: TBD
Location: Gerlock Towing Yard - 7821 NE 33rd Dr, Portland, OR 97211


Course Description: Large vehicles drive through our communities on a daily basis. When the tones drop in the middle of the night for a vehicle under a tractor-trailer with the driver trapped, it is too late for practice. The victim and community are expecting rescuers to show up and expeditiously handle the problem at hand. This class is designed to breakdown operations during heavy vehicle accidents by utilizing a step-by-step process through facilitated learning. It will begin by exploring equipment through small, hands-on, group workshops, which will allow students to observe how each component works within a system. Students will then take that information and apply it to six “real-life” scenarios designed to challenge their thinking and enhance their operations. Each scenario will guide students through calculating loads, setting up stabilization/lifting equipment, and techniques to separate larger vehicles from the passenger vehicles. Students will physically get to see the forces being applied to both the equipment and larger vehicles within the system. Our instructors do not just teach tactics; they strive to explain “how” and “why” it works within the entire operation. This is a fast-paced, two-day class that will leave participants feeling more confident when dealt these types of incidents on the street. Come ready to think, work, and get your hands dirty.