Following a vehicle collision, firefighters work to make the scene as safe as possible for motorists, pedestrians, other emergency responders as well as the people involved in the collision.
One of the most important duties at collisions is to ensure there are no other injuries. Directing traffic around the collision scene ensures a safe work environment for police, EMS, rescue and salvage crews.
Vehicles are designed to absorb most of the impact in a collision. This can sometimes lead to the car collapsing around the occupants. Firefighters use specialized equipment such as the jaws of life (hydraulic cutting, prying and pushing tools) to pull the car away from the patient. Firefighters then extricate any occupants from the vehicle, make the vehicle safe for moving off the road, clean up any spilled fluids and clear debris off the road.
Airdrie Fire Department Administration