Dedication / Thank You
On Wednesday the 19th February the Lyndoch CFS brigade gave a demonstration to the residents and business leaders from Lyndoch and Rowland Flat who's donations, along with Lyndoch CFS brigade funding, has enabled the purchase of specialised road crash equipment.

Lyndoch CFS brigade volunteers therefore wish to publicly thank, in no particular order, these generous donors: Eddie & Lorraine Schild (Schild Estate Wines), Peter & Sandra Kies (Barossa Helicopters), Orlando Wyndham Wines, Dieter & Lena Thumm, Herman & Ingeburg Thumm, Yaldara Wines, Robert & Janine Zerk, also Leon & Carleen Koch.

When attending a road crash the Lyndoch brigade can now, open or remove doors, fold back or remove roofs or take out the side of a car if necessary to assist SA Ambulance crews with the fast and efficient removal of trapped casualties. Lyndoch CFS can now also assist other CFS Road Crash Rescue crews based at Williamstown, Mount Pleasant and Nuriootpa.

With a total value of some $22,000, the equipment consists of a lightweight Holmatro portable hydraulic pump, which powers the combination spreading/cutting tool and a telescopic ram. Supporting equipment includes, an air bag containment device, chocks and an extendable pole for stabilisation, hard and soft protection for casualties, glass manager and other sundry items.


Combi Tool Hydraulic Pump & Lines

While many Heavy Rescue Brigades carry a separate cutting and spreading tool, as Light Rescue and support brigade, we do not need that level of equipment.

The Combi Tool acts as both a cutter and a spreader and works well under most circumstances at a road accident where the aim is to extricate a casualty as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

The Hydraulic pump, provides the facility to run two hydraulic lines off it, however only one line will be working at any one time. This particular model is extremely quiet.

The two hydraulic lines are 5 metres in length.

   
Telescopic Ram & Extension Bars Ram Support
The telescopic ram is used where:
  • a casualties legs are trapped under the dash (dash roll)
  • where the opening may need to be widened or supported to aid in the extrication of a casualty or assist in providing primary entry for the medical or rescue crews.
In the event that the rescue crew needs to carry out a dash roll and the "B" Pillar has been removed, this support can be put in place to act as a traction point for the spreaders.
 
Halligan Tool SecureNet (Airbag Protector
Also referred to as the "Hooligan Tool", these heavy duty tools are designed to pound, puncture, pry, twist, and cut most obstacles they may encounter. Features metal cutting claw, machined grooved non-slip grips, duckbill has long, smooth incline to force windows and interiors doors, pike is long, sharp, tapered and gently curved to fit a lock or latch, bright chrome finish. With new vehicles on the road now having airbags, the major concern of the crews is the unexpected deployment of airbags during the cutting process. To prevent this, the device is secured over the steering wheel. It the event the bag deploys, the device prevents it impacting upon the casualty or the rescue officers.

Even when the device is in place - rescue personnel should not place themselves in a position between the casualty and bag.

The bag is one use only if used.

 
Primary Entry Kit Hard Protection

The function of the primary entry kit is to aid the rescue officers in the removal of obstructions preventing immediate entry into the vehicle. The kit contains the following items:

  • Small adjustable wrench
  • Battery Cable Cutters
  • Flat head & Phillips head screwdriver
  • Lockable bladed knife
  • Thermal Rescue blanket
  • Draw knife
  • De-glazing tool (Life Hammer)
  • Universal Shears (for cutting seat belts)
Hard protection is place in between the cutting or spreading tool and the casualty to protect them from vehicle debris during the cutting process. Hard protection is often used in conjunction with soft protection, safety glasses and the like.
 
Glass Manager Side Stabiliser with Ratchet Straps
The Glass Manager has been designed flexible enough to allow access through the smallest opening, yet strong enough to take the weight of a large vehicle window. The Glass Manager made from durable and rot resistant Canvas is used to protect Road Crash Casualties during the controlled removal of glass. Making a safer scene for rescuers and casualties alike. Road Crash Rescue Equipment designed to assist in the stabilisation of motor vehicles on their sides. Made from cast and aircraft grade aluminium the Side Stabiliser is fully adjustable, lightweight and when used in conjunction with ratchet straps creates a stable vehicle for rescuers and casualties alike. Stabilisation can be achieved in a very short period, allowing rescuers more time to effect the extrication of the casualties.
   
Personal Protection  

During rescues, all operators around the vehicle wear protective equipment above and beyond their normal fire fighting gear. All rescue personnel wear tabards, with the officer-in-charge wearing the "Rescue Officer" tabard.

All operators using the cutting equipment wear 'Kevlar' cut resistant gloves and eye protection. Underneath the gloves all operators wear medical gloves as an added layer of protection.

Spare equipment in terms of glasses and helmets are also available for the casualties and medical personnel in the vehicle while cutting and de-glazing of the vehicle takes place.