Truckee Meadows is also prepared with a Rapid Extrication Module Support (REMS) team. REMS is rescue team assigned to a wildland fire to provide firefighters a safe, effective and efficient method of egress off the fireline in the event of injury or illness incurred during firefighting operations.
Truckee Meadows Firefighters also respond to vehicle accidents, a common emergency that we encounter. On occasion the occupant(s) of the vehicle are trapped and need to be extricated. This type of emergency can be very complex due to the unknown. When we arrive to this type of emergency, we must determine the occupant’s physical condition, stability of the vehicle, type(s) of vehicle, traffic control, appropriate tools, and many other variables in order to extricate the occupant safely and efficiently.
Vehicle extrication is ever evolving due to more complex vehicles such as electric vehicles and smart cars. It takes teamwork, practice, and the appropriate tools in order to safely get the job done. All our fire engines carry extrication tools (commonly referred to as Jaws of Life). And all Firefighters are trained on how to operate and maintain these tools that allow us to provide the best service we can when someone is trapped in a vehicle accident.