At the ninth and final Coventry CERT Basic Training class on Wednesday night, Central Coventry Fire Captain Bill Hall went over the numerous types of victim extrication and removal methods that members may need to utilize in an emergency situation.
Some (but certainly not all) of the methods include:
- Lift and Carry/Cradle
- Pack Strap Carry
- Chair Carry
- Log Rolling
- Blanket Drag
- Seat Lift and Carry
The team was taught how to decide which method to use based on certain factors such as stability of environment, number of rescuers available, strength and ability of rescuers and condition of the victim.
During a number of hands-on demonstrations, Hall stressed the importance of protecting the victim's head and extremities when performing any of the methods.
At the conclusion of the unit, an exam was given, touching upon important points from each of the units that were studied.
After the team's graduation on August 17, they will begin to meet monthly to learn new techniques, practice and review lessons from the basic training and strategize about how they will be prepared for emergency scenarios.