One of the most common firematics call is the motor vehicle accident, or MVA.
These can range from relatively benign fender-benders in which fire coverage is required for traffic control only, to severe entrapments of vehicle occupants.
Entrapment at an MVA requires the use of the extrication equipment located on our Rescue (303), including the jaws-of-life (hydraulic spreader and cutters), powered saws, airbags, and cribbing/stabilization equipment.
A technical rescue officer (TRO) will be in charge of the actual extrication. No step in the extrication is made without the prior direction of the TRO. A false step in an automobile extrication may injure or kill the victim or rescuer.