Hands-On Fuel Tanker Crash Training for North State Firefighters

Local firefighters removed a car stuck underneath a fuel tanker Saturday to save the person trapped inside. But it was only a drill...this time.

Posted: Jun 17, 2018 2:56 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2018 3:01 PM

CHICO, CA -- Local firefighters removed a car stuck underneath a fuel tanker Saturday to save the person trapped inside.  But it was only a drill...this time.

Firefighters from Paradise, Gridley, Palermo, with help from "Rescue-44" in Chico took part in a multi-company drill at the Openshaw Training Center in Oroville.

They simulated a rescue involving a passenger who was trapped underneath the tanker.  Fire Apparatus Engineer Chris Meneley said a drill like this has many "moving parts," with one person in charge of the scene, another in charge of lifting the airbags and getting the tanker suspended.

Said Meneley, "This particular scenario we are working on is very complex.  It doesn't happen all the time, but we have to be prepared for it.  This is very complex and dangerous because not only are we dealing with the patient that's trapped in the car that we need to extricate, but we're also dealing with a tanker vehicle like this.  A particular hazmat situation that can release some sort of fuel or chemical that can endanger the patient, us, and the bystanders and the environment."

Meneley said firefighters try to take part in multi-company drills a few times a month, rotating different companies so that everyone gets the chance to work together.  He said it helps build teamwork.

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