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Vehicle Extrication

Vehicle extrication is the process of removing a vehicle from around a person who has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, when conventional means of exit are impossible or inadvisable. A delicate approach is needed to minimize injury to the victim during the extrication. This operation is typically accomplished by using chocks and bracing for stabilization and hydraulic tools, including the Jaws of Life. Standards and regulations can be found in NFPA 1670 and 1006.

As the State Recognized Training Authority NDFA has worked closely with the ND Department of Health, Division of Emergency Services and Trauma, in maintaining the standard of training offered to all fire and ambulance services performing extrication services. NDFA manages the extrication program by setting standards, providing instructors for classes, and keeping records of all individuals who have received training and certification.

Vehicle Extrication Instructors

Auto extrication instructors are highly dedicated individuals who are vital to the programs success. As NDFA assumes responsibilty of the extrication program the requirements for instructing will change. The requirements to become a Qualified Instructor are:

  • Be currently certified in Auto Extrication
  • Successfully attend the Instructor 1 class offered by NDFA
  • Shadow a Qualified Extrication Instructor to gain experience presenting this particular curriculum

Each instructor is required to attend a refresher course every two years to gain continuing knowledge on vehicle designs and equipment updates. Instructors unable to attend these refresher courses may be required to reaccomplish their certification.

Current Extrication Instructors will retain their designation; however they must attend a refresher course within two years of NDFA assumption of the extrication program to maintain their qualifications to instruct the course.

Along with attending a refresher course each instructor is required to instruct (or co-instruct) an extrication class, at a minimum, every two years.

Heavy and Light Rescue Services Certification

Rescue Services are organizations that extricate patients from entrapment. The most common form of extrication in North Dakota is the removal of injured persons from automobile crashes. Most rescue services are located in fire departments; however there are some ambulance services that perform extrication as well. As there are no licensure laws pertaining to rescue services, the State Health Department established the Voluntary Certification Program in response to requests from providers to establish standards.   Receiving this certification identifies the rescue service as one which has completed the recognized training requirements, has the minimum required equipment to perform extrication, the medical training equivalent to the level of certification applying for, and the personnel available to respond to rescue calls 24/7, 365 days of the year.

For more information please contact Rob Knuth at (701) 222-2799 or (701) 516-4457

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Click Here to apply for Heavy Rescue Certification




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