The weekend of November 2-4, personnel from the Cabin John Park VFD joined members of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, the Wheaton Rescue Squad, and the Sandy Spring VFD for some Heavy Rescue Training hosted by Mid-Atlantic Technical Rescue in Woodsboro, MD. The training consisted of a Friday Night lecture and practical sessions spanning Saturday and Sunday. The participants were divided up into four teams with each team rotating through the four heavy rescue scenarios. The four rescue scenarios with photos are listed below:

Scenario One. A trash truck on a pickup. The required tasks include stabilizing the truck to prevent movement forward, backwards, or sideways. Securing the truck suspension so it does not drop as the vehicle is raised, securing the suspension on the pickup so it does not list as the weight of the trash truck is lifted off it, and finally lifting and supporting the trash truck.

The vehicle suspensions are secured using 2″ heavy ratchet straps. The weight of the trash truck is supported using a combination of 4X4 and 6X6 cribbing along with Paratech struts. The truck was lifted using high pressure airbags. The total lift in order to remove the pickup was approximately 24″.

Scenario Two: This scenario consisted of a rolloff truck full of “jersey walls” that has rolled onto a van and released a single 5000 pound jersey wall onto the van. The tasks included stabilizing the truck and the van, securing the rolloff container to the truck, securing the remaining jersey walls in the rolloff container, removing the single jersey wall from the van and rolling the truck back to a stable position.



After the truck and van are stabilized and the container and load are secured a bipod is used to lift and move the jersey wall.

With the load and jersey wall secured the truck is lifted using a combination of hydrofusion struts and low pressure airbags.


Scenario Three: A cement mixer truck has rolled onto a suburban. The tasks in this scenario include stabilizing the vehicle, securing the cement container to the truck. The suspension on the suburban needed to be secured, and the truck rolled back onto its wheels using a combination of rigging and slings connected to two separate Rescue Squad winches.

With the tires of the truck secured to the Rescue Squad to prevent sliding and the cement container secured, slings are wrapped around the vehicle and connected to another Rescue Squad. The Rescue Squad winches work together to pull the truck into its tires and to control the movement of the vehicle.


Scenario Four: A tractor trailer has landed on a car. The trailer must be secured to the tractor and stabilized to prevent fore, aft, and lateral movement as the vehicle is lifted. The suspension of the trailer and the car must be secured to prevent movement during the lift.

The trailer is lifted using lifting cylinders and synthetic 6X6 cribbing. The lift is captured and stabilized with Paratech struts. The trailer is secured to the tractor using chain binders and the suspension is secured using 4″ rachet straps. Once the trailer is lifted and secured two wheels are removed to provide additional room and the car is removed using a cable winch connected to a pickup.

Many thanks to the Chiefs of R1 and R2 for allowing us to participate in this excellent training.