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Here’s a walk through the 2013 Opel Corsa Body Structure and Airbags.
Here’s a screenshot from Moditech’s Crash Recovery System (CRS). A page on Moditech’s webscast has a bunch of examples of how Crash Recovery System can be used for Component Awareness in vehicles. Bar none, nothing beats Moditech’s CRS! This software is a becoming a necessity for fire departments and rescue companies to help keep up with the changing vehicles.
Nothing too unique about the features on the 2013 Jaguar XJ, battery is in the truck and per the Crash Recovery System screenshot below, the stored gas inflator for the side-curtain airbags is just behind the B-Pillar. Dual-stage front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, first and second row side-curtain airbags, and active head restraints with front-seat whiplash protection.
Check out the 2013 Honda N-Box Minicar Body Structure. The B-Pillar is made from 1,500 MPa high tensile hot stamped steel. Hot stamping is used to increase the strength to more than 1,500 MPa by cooling during stamping process.
- i-SRS system for driver side
- SRS airbags for front passengers
- Side Curtain air bag system
- Front seats also feature impact mitigating headrests which protect the driver and front passenger from neck injury.
So what do you know about how High Voltage systems work? Are you scared you will get shocked by a hybrid or EV? Like everything in the fire service, every firefighter should have a basic understanding on a high voltage system works. Toyota put together a comprehensive hybrid safety training presentation that was developed as a resource to train emergency responders on the safe operation of hybrid vehicles. The presentation is available for download below. The first link provides the ability to view the presentation, while the second link is a zip file that contains the presentation that can be played from a local system, along with Instructor Notes and a Student Handout.
- View Emergency Response Presentation
- Download Emergency Response Presentation and Teaching Materials
Insulated cables and connectors
All high voltage power cables and connectors are color coded bright orange. The power cables and connectors are insulated to prevent contact with the bare wire conductor.
Low voltage wiring connected to vehicle body ground. The 12 Volt low voltage circuit uses the vehicle metal body as a ground (see picture below illustration). The presentation shows an animation of the low voltage circuit electrical flow through the vehicle metal body ground. A responder contacting the vehicle metal body ground and a bare positive/hot wire completes the low voltage circuit.
High voltage wiring insulated from vehicle body ground. The high voltage circuit does not use the vehicle metal body as ground (see picture below illustration). Instead, a separate ground high voltage power cable is routed from the battery to the component. The battery and component are insulated from the vehicle metal body ground. The presentation shows an animation of the high voltage circuit electrical flow though the high voltage power cables. A responder contacting the vehicle metal body and a bare high voltage positive/hot wire does not complete the high voltage circuit because the high voltage ground is insulated from the metal vehicle body.
When the ignition switch/power button is Off, no 12 Volt battery power (red dotted lines) is supplied to the hybrid computer which keeps the high voltage battery pack positive and negative relays open (green boxes). The high voltage circuit is Off, and no electricity flows from the high voltage battery pack to the power cables (orange dotted lines).
When the ignition switch/power button is turned On, 12 Volt battery power (red solid lines) is supplied to the hybrid computer. The hybrid computer powers the high voltage battery pack positive and negative relays (green boxes) which allows them to close (orange contacts). Once the relays close, the high voltage circuit is On and electricity flows from the high voltage battery pack to the power cables (orange solid lines).
To manually disable the high voltage system, turn the ignition switch/power button Off. This stops electrical flow from the high voltage battery pack to the power cables.
The hybrid computer provides automatic disabling of the high voltage system. SRS collision sensors (yellow shaded boxes) and high voltage current/voltage sensors (black dashed callouts) are monitored by the hybrid computer. When airbags deploy or when a current/voltage imbalance is detected, the hybrid computer automatically opens the positive and negative relays to stop electrical flow from the high voltage battery pack to the power cables. A fuse located in the high voltage battery pack also provides automatic high voltage disabling during an overload condition.
The new technology to join steel and aluminum that Honda uses will not very much for use in the extrication world except for one thing. If you look at the bottom 2 pictures you will see that this new technology adds an additional hemming on the flange. This should help keep the door outer sheet metal from separating from the inner door.
Honda developed a new technology to join steel and aluminum that enables the adoption of aluminum for outer car body panels. The first production application is the new 2014 Acura RLX. The technology allows to replace outer body panels which are conventionally made of steel with lighter ones made out of aluminum.
Honda used this application on the outer door panel of the 2014 Acura RLX that went on sale in the United States March 2013. The technology is expected to be adopted sequentially to other models.
To join together the dissimilar metals of steel and aluminum, the simultaneous establishment of several different technologies was required such as technologies to prevent corrosion (electrical corrosion) and thermal deformation caused by the different expansion rates of steel and aluminum. The advantages of these new technologies include elimination of a spot welding process required to join conventional steel door panels. The new technology contributes to the improvement of fuel economy and dynamic performance of the vehicle by reducing door panel weight by approximately 17% compared to the conventional all-steel door panel.
Check out the Hi-Lift First Responder Jack and the Puyallup Extrication Team helping out on the highway with a pickup truck with and overturned trailer. Make sure you check out the Hi-Lift First Responder Jack and Puyallup Extrication Team websites. Both sites are packed fill of great extrication information and training videos.
Below, the Hi-Lift First Responder Jack is used for vehicle stabilization.
Check out the FDNY Jeep Wrangler Tribute below! Not only is it very cool, it’s sporting a Hi-Lift First Responder Jack. make sure you stop by the FDNY Jeep Wrangler Tribute Facebook page to find out more about it.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado will start hitting the streets. The new model is packed full of new design features that have change the body structure. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but some areas to take a look at.
To ensure that the new Silverado is up to the challenge, key elements of the updated frame, including the main rails and major cross members, are made from high-strength steel. Hydroforming is used to improve strength and reduce mass of the front of the frame.
The cab structures are all new, and incorporate high strength steel in the A-pillars, B-pillars, roof rails and rocker panels. Ultra-high-strength steel is used in areas of the rocker panels and underbody in anticipation of new shallow-offset crash tests. In all, about two-thirds of the cab structure is made from high-strength steels.
Just in case you thought a cross country trip in a EV was not possible. Tesla Motors in creating a free nationwide Supercharger network! Tesla Motors is also the company that has set a high bar with their First Responder video.
As the graphic above shows, Tesla says that starting from the few sites mostly along the East and West Coast today, it will triple its Supercharger locations by the end of the month. Within six months, it will expand to most of the upper Midwest and Canada; and before the next 12 months will have an intercontinental network of Superchargers that Musk said should cover 80 percent to 90 percent of the U.S. population. Within two years, Tesla will aim for full coverage, with more than 200 Supercharger stations.
The front structure is made from aluminium die castings, extrusions and pressings. The passenger compartment is made from steel, including roll-formed boron steel in critical load path areas. The roof panel and all of the closures are aluminium.
The body consists of 50% light alloy in combination with high- and ultra-high strength steels. We have achieved maximum crash safety and outstanding body rigidity for the best noise and vibration comfort.”
I must apologize for the delay in posting this story from FDIC. Several reasons for the delay. Some are related to the story; others are some personal stuff that has weighed on my mind for a while with the health of family member. What happened to me before the start of the climb is something I will remember for the rest of my life. The person I met brought a personal side to a fallen brother that still makes my eyes water up.
The 2013 FDIC 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb is about honoring our fallen brothers. Like everyone who signed up for the climb I was given the name of a fallen brother to honor. The name I carried was Joseph Agnello from Ladder 118. I took the time before the climb to learn a little about him. Joey was known for bragging about his toddler boys Sal and Vincent. He had been the target of good-natured ribbing about the way he rang the wrong bells in his first days at the house – hence his nickname Joey Bells.
We all have looked out the window of the rig and stared at the smoke rising from the fire that we’re heading to. However, take a look at the picture below and imagine what was going through their heads, going over the bridge, looking out the window and seeing the two towers like that. The picture below is a verified picture of Ladder 118 responding to the World Trade Center on September 11th. Firefighters studied the picture with a magnifying glass to make sure the truck on the bridge was Ladder 118. The rig’s orange stokes basket was upside down, a Ladder 118 trademark.
The firefighters of Ladder 118 are credited with saving countless lives from the Marriott World Trade Center Hotel. Elevator mechanic Bobby Graff worked frantically to save the lives of others at the Marriott World Trade Center Hotel on Sept. 11, and he remembers who saved his: “Tall firefighters with the numbers 118 on their helmets.”
Lt. Robert Regan and Firefighters Joseph Agnello and Peter Vega were found together on New Year’s Day, more than three months after their last tragic run together September 11th.
I was honored to carry Joseph’s name with on the FDIC 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb this year. What I was not expecting was for someone to be looking for me before the climb. Before the climb started a gentleman was walking around asking for “Mike Smith”. Turns out, that gentleman, John Agnello was Joseph’s cousin. John quickly broke down and almost brought me to tears. He showed me a few pictures of Joseph’s name at the 911 Memorial and told me a few things about him. I was so caught up in the moment I didn’t think to get his contact info. After John walked away a lady came up to me and said “that made my whole week at FDIC”.
I’m still trying to find out how to contact John, so if you know, please let me know. My plan is to always honor Joseph Agnello on every stair climb I do and continue to find out a little more about him and his family each time.
Here’s a great winching guide from our friends over at Heavy Rescue Germany! If you don’t follow their Facebook page, you need too! Below is the English version, there is also a German version available.
The idea is to print it out, laminate it and put it in the box with the winch Here’s the English version of the PDF:
Make sure you stop by their page and says thanks!
The last day at FDIC was Friday for me and the list of people to stop by and see was very long and even a little stair climb to fit in before the 4ish hour drive back to the Detroit area. After an early breakfast – because the Huron Fire guys snore so loud – I ran into a couple Chiefs from the Ann Arbor Fire Department. Kind of funny that I was with a bunch of Ohio State fans!
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So the day started out at in Lucas Oil Stadium and the first two booths I ran into were Detroit Fire Tees and Packexe (Packexe was sharing a booth with the Junkyard dog guys). The Detroit Fire Tees crew had a bunch of their Detroit Fire shirts for sale. If you missed them, make sure you stop by and like their Facebook page and checkout the Detroit Fire Tees online store.
Next was a stop to see our friend from across the pond, Andrew Orchard, CEO of Packexe. Packexe sent me a few rolls of their prototype Sharps Wraps last fall and it was cool to see the production one and test it out.
Wednesday at Howl at the Moon I finally got to meet Randy Schmitz, the guy behind Schmitz Mittzs extrication gloves. We checked out his booth and he hooked us up with a pair of the latest version of Schmitz Mittzs. The HexArmor booth was also in Lucas Oil Stadium and we stopped by to meet a bunch of the Michigan folks from that company. The two gloves you will see me use, Schmitz Mittz and HexArmor. Try them both!
I stopped by the FoxFury and met their team which included the man behind Views from the Jumpseat, Ryan Pennington. The FoxFury folks hooked me up with a Discovery Tasker S helmet light a few weeks ago!
On the way to the FDIC 911 Stair Climb we stopped by the MN8 FoxFire booth and took a look at their booth. Zack hooked Paul and myself up with a Foxfire Illuminating Helmet Band and a limited 2013 FDIC FireFox Helmet sticker! Thanks FoxFire!
The highlight of the trip is the gentleman in the picture below. Right before the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb started I heard someone yelling my name. The whole story deserves a unique post, so please check back for it.
After the stair climb, I headed straight over to the Hi-Lift First Responder jacks booth to meet Jeff Pugh. Jeff has a bunch of great extrication based products that he has put his extrication knowledge into to make our MVAs a little easier. Beside the FRJ, Jeff has the MVA accountability boards from TacTron and a new rescue tool that will sure turn a few heads when it is released.
On the way out of the stadium, I walked past the Rescue Access Tool, (RAT). I wish I would have a had a little more time to talk with the RAT guys. Mike Huffman (Crunch Time Extrication Symposium) sent me a link about the tool a couple weeks ago. Looks pretty cool, anyone use one yet?
Working my way back to the car I wandered back into the Convention center and ran into the RESQTEC booth an stopped and took a few pictures of their cribbing. My training cribbing is all wood but at the station the Rescue and Tower have plastic cribbing. When money is not an issue, I’m a fan of plastic cribbing, but for my personal training gear, it’s much easier to worry about wood and not plastic!
For the third FDIC in a row, I never ran into Ann Marie Knegt! Ann Marie is a Deputy Editor at Hemming Fire in magazines like Fire and Rescue. I brought a cool gift for her, Cards Against Humanity, which is not available over in the UK. I dropped off the game and headed to the car. Just in time to hit rush hour traffic on the way out of town! Can’t wait until next year!
Yesterday was a tough day for me. I was over served the night before at the FOOLS Bash and that pattern continued at Howl at the Moon and the Wild Beaver. One of the best parts of the night, was this crazy Canadian, Randy Schmitz from Schmitz Mittz found me at Howl at the Moon after he followed a line of people wearing Boron Extrication stickers. Randy and I have talked for years but never meet in person so it was very cool! Make sure you like the Schmitz Mittz Facebook page and if you are at FDIC, stop by booth 9936 in the Lucas Oil Stadium today and say hello!
After a long morning I headed over to the convention center for the big giveaways at the TECGEN booth. Paul from First Due tackle and myself greeted a bunch of visitors and helped get the word out about the light weight gear that we wear from TECGEN. TECGEN XTREME® non-structural turnout gear is dual-certified for Wildland Fire (NFPA 1977-2011) and Technical Rescue (NFPA 1951-2007). At a fraction of the cost of structural turnout gear, you can use TECGEN XTREME to supplement your structural turnout gear to extend the life of it.
Paratech has a few cool tools at their booth including their new the HydraFusion Strut.
At the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s annual premier fundraiser, Stop, Drop, Rock ‘n’ Roll, I ran into a bunch of brothers. Captain Wines from IronFiremen.com, The Fire Critic himself, News man Dave Statter from Statter911.com, and Shane Parkins from National Firefighters Endowment. If you get a chance, ask Shane about what the foundation does for the fire service. Also ran into Andrew Catron from the Model City Firefighter, the Average Jake guys, and the Fire Service Warrior guys.
It’s Monday so let’s pull up Crash recovery System by Moditech! Here’s a quick look at the 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid body structure, airbags, and battery locations.
Eight-airbag system including driver’s and front passenger’s advanced airbag system, front seat-mounted side airbags, driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags. Pre-tensioners with force limiters for front seats.
It’s hard to believe that FDIC 2013 starts next week! We’ve worked up a tentative itinerary. Paul Hasenmeiser and his crew from First Due Tackle will be in Indy for the annual firefighter pilgrimage. There will be great training, networking, brotherhood, and giveaways. Be sure to track us down we have a couple hundred new stickers and a few chips to giveaway.
+Wednesday April 24
- Columbia Southern University Networking Social / 530 pm – 830 pm @ the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
- Fire Service Warrior Meet Up / 5 pm – @ the Ram Restaurant and Brewery
- FDIC FOOLS Brotherhood Bash / 5pm – @ Jackson St and Meridian St
+Thursday April 25
FREE GEAR FROM
The biggest giveaway we know of is coming out of the TECGEN XTREME booth. (Booth 403). Here are the details:
- We will be in the TECGEN booth from 2 pm – 3 pm.
- During our time in the booth they will be giving away branded collapsable water bottles to all visitors.
- Some visitors during our time in the booth will randomly receive Camelback hydration packs.
- Here is the best part; every visitor to the booth during the show will have their badge scanned. TECGEN will then select 6 random winners who will receive a set of gear. Similar to what we will be wearing.
BE AT THE TECGEN BOOTH 403 @ 2PM
You’ll see us throughout the day as we drop in on some friends including:
- Packaxe Smash
- Haix Fire Boots (Booth 713) Haix backpacks are being giving away to the first 400 to visit the booth.
- The Pig and The Pigskin (Booth 616)
- High Lift Jack Company ( Booth 9003)
- Schmitz Mittz (Booth 9936)
- Hemming Fire: Fire and Rescue Magazine (Stand 10094) Meet the
@thefiregirls from the UK!
We will wrap up the evening at the NFFF’s Stop, Drop, Rock ‘n’ Roll dinner and live auction / 7 pm – 11 pm @ the Indian Roof Ballroom.
+Friday April 26
Our main mission will be to climb in the FDIC 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb / 130 pm & the Lucus Oil Stadium. We’ll be hooking up with The Fire Critic and Captain Wines for the climb. W e’ll be sporting our TECGEN XTREME gear. After the climb the FDT crew is hitting the road because a couple of them are on duty Saturday. I’ll be around until the Fire Critic and Iron Firemen Meet Up / 830 pm @ the Hard Rock Cafe and then hitting the road for a late night drive back up to the Motor City.
There are still 84 Fallen Brothers that need to be honored at the stair climb. Sign up now! 343, Never Forget!
The folks at FoxFury sent a Discovery Tasker S Helmet Light to review and put it through the paces. I received the light and put it on my department issued helmet and plan to also use on my training helmet for different training classes throughout the spring and summer. My first thoughts are this thing is bright and uses AA batteries and not the expensive 3V like my older helmet light. The light was easy to put on the helmet and within a minute or so all the wires were tucked in light looks streamlined with very little to catch on anything. Look for a full review toward the fall of 2013!
So who is FoxFury? They manufactures Application-Specific products, with a focus in Professional Portable LED Lighting. FoxFury’s Philosophy is to provide the Latest Technology available, packaged in the Highest Quality Products that can be made for each intended use.
Make sure you stop by the FoxFury booth at FDIC and take a look at the new Command 20 Fire Tilt headlamp!
Here’s a quick look at the 2013 Lexus LX body structure and airbags.
10-airbag system, including: Driver’s and front passenger’s advanced airbag system with front passenger’s twin-chamber airbag, Driver’s and front passenger’s knee airbags, Front and rear Roll-Sensing Curtain Airbags (RSCA), Front seat-mounted side airbags, and Rear seat-mounted side airbags.
Below are a couple of pictures of the rear seat belt pretensioners. These pretensioners are located in the base of the C-Pillar.
Here’s a quick look at the 2013 Lexus LS body structure and airbags. Make sure you check the unique airbag inflator in the rear seat!
The LS features dual-stage SRS airbags (Front seats), SRS knee airbags (Front seats), SRS side airbags (Front and outboard rear seats), and SRS curtain shield airbags (Front and rear door windows). An anti-submarining SRS Seat Cushion Airbag is available on long body models. Take a look at the Crash Recovery System screenshot below that shows the anti-submarining airbag.