- Squad truck
A Squad Truck is a piece of rescue apparatus specifically designed to transport the necessary tools, equipment, and personnel to perform a
vehicle extricationat the scene of an entrapment.
The design of squad trucks varies, depending on the
geographyand need in any given area. Areas with rough terrain or snow usually have squad trucks with four-wheel drive, jake brake, locking differentials, hydraulic brakes, and aggressive tires. Often, squads trucks are old ambulancesthat have been stripped to carry the necessary tools and equipment needed for an extrication, however, rescue squads or fire departmentswith a high amount of funding often purchase custom trucks that are more elaborate and functional squad trucks. As such, the size of squad trucks is varying, and can be classified into three distinct categories. Class I, or light duty squad trucks are the smallest, and usually the cheapest squad trucks. They can range from a converted ambulance or Chevy Suburbantype truck, to custom built trucks on Ford F550chassis. Class II, or medium duty squad trucks are substantially bigger in both the physical size of the truck and its weight. Medium duty squad trucks can range from smaller fire enginesspecifically designed for extrications to International truckcabs and chassis. Class III, or heavy duty squad trucks are usually the dimensions of a full sized fire engine and often include more exotic tools such as cascade systems and plasma torches.
Tools and Equipment
The tools and equipment listed below are tools found on squad trucks, though the size, amount, and combination of these tools depends on both the size of the truck and the needs of the community in which the truck serves. This is a general list, many squad trucks have more tools and equipment not listed, the list is just an overview.
Jaws of Life, is the brand name of hydraulic tools designed to spread, cut, and ram various elements of a car.
* An airbag system, designed to lift a car off the ground to gain access to the underside.
Generator, to supply power to lights and other electronic appliances.
* [http://www.glasmaster.com Glas-Master] tool, to break open and cut out windows.
reciprocating saw, to cut through the sheet metal or siding on a car.
Cascade storage system
Ropeand accessories (carabiners, harnesses, pulleys, etc.)
Traffic conesand flares
* Comealongs and
* EMS supplies
* Mass Casualty kit
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