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Crash with Extrication Rescue Lake Cook Rd and Hicks Rd

Wed March 09 2011 7:47 am  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=39120
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Video shows immobilized patient transfer immediately after extrication to awaiting Long Grove Fire Protection District rescue ambulance. Video also show use of a TAC Stick® (elapsed time 1:40 and following) to see check for electrically-energized areas of the crash scene.

Firefighter/paramedics from Long Grove Fire Protection District responded just after 6:30 a.m. Wednesday to a personal injury crash of a Toyota sedan and a full-size van at the intersection of Lake-Cook Road and Hicks Road (Route 53). The Toyota careened into large metal utility pole/street light, trapping the driver in the vehicle at the southeast corner of Lake-Cook Road and Hicks Road.

Rescuers used a Hurst spreader tool to free the victim and also immobilized the victim with a KED and backboard before rescue removal. The victim was transported to Northwest Community Hospital by Long Grove firefighter/paramedics.

Firefighters used a TAC Stick® or similar AC current-sensing device to detect live AC power at the crash scene (Google Search TAC Stick®/Demo video below).

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The Will-Burt TAC Stick, apparently detects AC power sources from as far as 150 meters. It’s reported to be a very useful tool when you operate around power lines, or in electrical fires. It can warn you if a downed power line gets re-energized, for example.

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