Crash with Extrication Rescue Lake Cook Rd and Hicks Rd


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).

VIDEO mid-morning …


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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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