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In compliance with NFPA 1670 and 1006, our Awareness (Basic) level class is designed to give the beginner an awareness of what needs to be done and how to begin operations, should he or she be first on scene, with a life threatening emergency.
We then give an introduction into the techniques of the next level, hoping to give attendees an incentive to continue learning.
Do to having to turn away many students last year,
we will be presenting two basic classes this year.

Basic Auto Extrication (Awareness Level) 20 hrs


This class is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the requirements specified in chapter 2 of NFPA 472 standard (6-2.1) Response to Hazardous Materials.

NFPA 1670 chapter 6, Awareness level technical rescue functions,  

NFPA 1006 (6-1.1-6-1.8). Basic level functions.


The NFPA establishes an Awareness, Operations and Technician level for vehicle and machinery rescue much like the field of hazardous material emergency response. Each level has its own capabilities as well as limitations.


Awareness level describes the minimum capability of a responder who could be first on the scene of a technical rescue incident.  Members at this level are generally not considered rescuers.


Class Overview:

Upon completion of this course, students should have an awareness of:

  • Establishing scene safety zones
  • General stabilization techniques
  • General structure and anatomy of vehicles and possible points of victim egress.
  • An awareness of potential energy sources and how to isolate them, such as airbags, hood struts, bumper struts, inflators, seat belt pre-tensioners, etc.
  • A general familiarization of tools, (Hydraulic, Hand, and Electric), and the safety issues involved with using them.
  • An awareness of possible fire, and fire protection procedures.
  • Basic techniques of auto extrication, to include: Stabilizing, battery disconnection, glass removal, door removal, side removal, roof removal, dash roll, etc.
  • Basic patient care and removal.

This class is open to a maximum of 60 students.                 Tuition: $125.00


 Prerequisites:   No prior experience is necessary.


Students must furnish their own personal protective gear. This includes: Bunker gear or extrication gear (no wildland gear). ANSI approved head protection (i.e. fire helmet, hardhat), face shield/goggles or ANSI approved safety glasses, fire gloves or approved rescue gloves, boots with toe protection (i.e. steel toed).


Friday 7:00- 8:30am

Registration and Greeting

Theater Building


Registration: Teex (Desk located at front entrance)

Greeting:  Lee Junkins (Classroom # 1)

Safety Rules: John Collins 

Directions to classes:


8:30 – 11:00

Class Room: Theater



1.   Techniques of good size-up and interacting with your resources            

      a.   Size-up; the four part process


2.   Establishing scene safety zones and operations with in each zone.

      a.   Hot Zone

      b.   Warm Zone

      c.   Cold Zone


3.   Work area organization

      a.   Tool staging area

      b.   Debris pile area and proper placement of debris (airbags up)


4.   Fire potential and fire protection procedures

      a.   Charged lines and their placement

      b.   Fire extinguishers and their types and placement


5.   Airbags and technology awareness

      a.   General airbag awareness

      b.   General technologies awareness (struts, hybrids, plastic gas tanks, etc.)


 11:00 - 12:00

  Lunch Break




12:00 – 5:00 pm

Field Stations

Students will be split into teams and rotate between stations.


1.   Hydraulic Tool Familiarization (multiple brands).

      a.   Hands-on, connection of hoses (each type)

      b.   Operate, cutter-spreader-ram-combo tools and power plant

      c.   Tool capabilities

      d.   Tool safety

      e.   Tool maintenance

            Instructor:  Manufacturers

            Location:    Manufacturer’s trailers


2.   Proper handling of saws and hand tools. (Their use, capabilities, limitations and safety)

      a.   Reciprocating saws

      b.   Circular saws

      c.   K-12

      d.   Maintenance and blade changing

      e.   Other hand tools

            Instructor:  Manufacturers           

            Location:    Manufacturer’s trailers


3.   Patient protection from use of tools, (glass cutting-metal shavings etc.)

      a.   Blankets-Tarps-Shields

            Instructor: Randy McCoy and team


      Organizing a tool staging area

      a.   Layout tarp and setup tools, (hands on)

            Instructor: Rany McCoy and team


 4.   Stabilization Tools (Strut Systems and Prefab Cribbing)

           Instructor:  Manufacturers

           Location:    Manufacturer’s trailers



          Stabilization Techniques


4.   Vehicle on four wheels

      a.   Wood cribbing-wedges-step chocks

      b.   Strut Systems (multiple brands)

      c.   Jacking with spreaders


5.   Vehicle Side Resting

      a.   Wood cribbing-wedges-step chocks

      b.   Strut Systems (multiple brands)


6.   Vehicle Roof Resting

      a.   Wood cribbing-wedges-step chocks

      b.   Strut Systems (multiple brands)

      c.   Demo Airbag Lifting

               Instructor: Randy McCoy and Team
               Location:   Area #1



8:00 am5:00 pm

Field Stations


1.   Classes must cover all operations listed on the task to be   performed pages


2.   The order of task, will be lift up to the lead instructor as to what works best for his group of instructors.


Lead Instructor: ­­­­­­­Randy McCoy           Instructor 5 Genisis Rep

Instructor 1 Dave Timmons                  Instructor 6 Amkus Rep

Instructor 2 Jimmy Gervin                    Instructor 7

Instructor 3 Danny Crawford                Instructor 8

Instructor 4 -------- Kiddens



Lunch 11:00 am - 12:00 pm



Task to be performed


Stabilize Vehicles: (As per Fridays class)


Battery disconnect: (including neg. first and double cutting)

Open hood without using latch assembly (Vehicle on four wheels)

Through the head light method (Vehicle side resting)

Through the wheel well method (Vehicle roof resting)



Glass Removal:

Windshield Removal (Patient protection, axe method, Glass Saw)

Side Glass, (Patient protection, Center punch, Tape method)


Single door removal:

Vehicle on four wheels,

1.   Open from hinge side

2.   Open from pin side

3.   Debris Piles (Lay doors with airbag up)

Vehicle side resting,

1.    Open and secure top door

2.    Remove top door

Vehicle Roof Resting,

      1.   Remove Door 


Side Removal: (Front door, rear door, and B post, in one piece)

1.   Trim removal and seat belt per-tensioners

2.   Using Hydraulic tools

3.   Using saw


Roof Removal:

Vehicle on four wheels,

1.   Trim removal and explanation of hidden dangers

2.   Hydraulic cutters

3.   Saw

Side resting vehicle,

1.   Roof fold down


Dash Jacking and Dash roll:


Sunday 8:00-10:00 am


Familiarization of Basic Patient Care and Removal tools and techniques.


1.       Spinal alignment

2.       Holding C-spine

3.       C-collar application

4.       Use of short boards

5.       Use and application of KED

6.       Long board extraction techniques

7.       Patient packaging

8.       Lifting and removal techniques


10:00- 11:00 am

Clean up


11:00-12:00 am

Questions - Written Test - Pass out certs.

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For more information contact:
Lee Junkins
Phone   817-521-7363