LUKAS Releases Book Focused on Vehicle Extrication

Company News
July 6, 2020

First responders looking to learn modern techniques for saving people from trapped vehicles may now turn to an IDEX company’s publication. LUKAS in Erlangen, Germany, announced the release of its book “Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation” last week.

Partnering with Fire & Safety Author and Expert Ian Dunbar to improve brand recognition, Lukas’ 290-page hardcover textbook offers a comprehensive, authoritative guide for everyone involved in road crash rescues.

Using nearly three decades in emergency response experience as an operational fire officer, consultant, author, and educator, Dunbar helps outline technical aspects of extrication, safety, vehicle construction, engineering and electrics as well as a wide range of technical processes and developments in “Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation”

The book also details factors that contribute to a safe and successful rescue operation, including extrication planning, human factors and training on how to continuously improve.

Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation is based on a revised version of the team approach to vehicle extrication – The Team Approach v2.0, which Dunbar originally conceived in 2016 and has continued to develop.

Because vehicle extrication is a truly interagency process, “Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation” is written not only for fire and rescue personnel but also for pre-hospital clinicians and includes paramedics and doctors who routinely play an absolute critical role on each rescue scene.

“I have been lucky enough to work with paramedics and doctors from all over the world. I make a conscious effort to ask them about their own training and preplanning for attendance at road traffic collisions and it ranges from zero to very little. Most of the training they have received has been down to their own endeavour, initiative, time, and cost. There simply is very little statutory training for paramedics (called prehospital clinicians in Europe) in dealing with road traffic collisions. It would be easy to spend the next few hundred pages just considering the technical aspects of rescue, but this would be completely inappropriate and for that reason, I have written this book with pre-hospital clinicians in mind,” Dunbar said.


“Whether you are a paramedic or doctor who practices in the pre-hospital environment, there is no aspect of extrication that does not apply to you; you are a fundamental part of the process”


Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation devotes a whole chapter to prehospital clinicians and covers aspects such as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), scene safety, scene integration with technical rescue services, vital roles in conceiving and delivering the extrication plan and other considerations such as positioning and how you can assist with a post incident debrief. In addition, the book provides readers with QR codes for access to training videos and PDFs.

The book also shares new Vehicle Extrication Techniques, as materials of cars evolve, the places where cuts must be made change and rescue equipment improves. Particularly with the increased electrification of cars, these techniques continue to change.

To learn more about Ian Dunbar, click here

To look at the book, click here

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