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_________________________________________ Midsouth Rescue Technologies

Combined Courses

Live Training Classes
Supplemental Restraint Systems
Introduction to Safety Restraint Systems
How Airbags Work
Driver's Frontal Airbags
Passenger's Frontal Airbags
Head Protection Airbags
Side Impact Airbags
Occupant Positioning Airbags
Roll-Over Protection
EMS Concerns
Vehicle Fires and New Technology
Introduction to Vehicle Fires
Airbags and Airbag Inflators Involved in Fire
Compressed Gas Struts
Bumper Struts
Plastic Fuel Tanks
Magnesium Fires
Attacking Vehicle Fires
Hybrid Vehicles
Emergency Response Guides
General Rescue Procedures
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This course will actually challenge your department's training, SOP/SOGs and operations, significantly increasing firefighter safety.
3 Days of Intence Training


All participants must have proof of experience, equal to or exceeding the minimum standards for live fire training or, a letter signed by their chief.
(This course includes intense live fire scenarios; See NFPA 1403 below)
Attendees must provide their own (structural type) full protective gear and  SCBA.

The course will address:

  • Supplemental Restraint Systems and How They Affect Our Rescue Efforts
  • Vehicle Fires and the Dangers of New Technology 
  • Alterative Fuels and Their Vehicles.

This training consists of classroom, hands-on and live fire training. 


The material addressed in this training is new and very comprehensive,

actually challenging our current training with a theme of...


Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet?


Each session focuses on the concerns of Emergency Responders, both Fire/Rescue and EMS, providing them with the very latest information on how these systems works, what makes them work and how each of these components affects our current training.


The presenter Is: Lee Junkins

Lee is a nationally and internationally known instructors on these topics.


Course Overview:

Supplemental Restraint Systems


How They Affect Our Rescue Efforts


A few books, training manuals and computer programs are available today to inform rescuers of the location of the components and the dangers of these systems.  Training has also been established worldwide; informing rescuers of the vital need for such procedures as; electrical shut down, the 5-10-20 rule and the peel and peek technique. These are extremely important and must be adhered to at all times, to safely mitigate an automotive accident.  


But were do we go from here?


This course is designed to not only reinforce our current training, but to give the more advanced rescuer the knowledge to make good decisions when he or she is faced with a situation that may be above and beyond this training.


This course is designed to inform all first responders, from basic through advanced, of the dangers involved in dealing with these systems, both before our standard procedures are performed and in situations were these procedure can not be performed.


EMS providers will learn little known information about the injuries and hidden dangers specifically related to SRS and their individual components. The course will also inform EMS providers of the vital need for good assessment and reporting skills and provide them with the tools and guidelines to perform these skills. 


Attendees will have the opportunity to actually handle multiple components of SRS and see how they work. They will understand the role each component plays in the system and the dangers involved with each.


Along with power point presentations and videos, attendees will interact in group activities and demonstrations that will prepare them to make vital decisions when faced with critical situations on the scene of a vehicle collision.


Topical Overview:

  • Introduction to Supplemental Restraint Systems
  • How airbags work
  • ‘Smart’ SRS and how they affect our current training
  • Driver’s frontal SRS, their sensors, and components
  • Passengers frontal SRS,  their sensors, and components
  • Head protection SRS
  • Side impact SRS
  • Occupant positioning SRS
  • Rollover protection SRS and deployable roll bars
  • EMS concerns for each of these systems and their components

Emphasis will be placed on our current rescue and EMS training and how these systems adversely affect that training.

Vehicle Fires and the Dangers of New Technology


This class is actually a continuation of the supplemental restraint systems class. In the restraint systems class, students are taught the dangers these systems present and how to control and shut the systems down. In this class they see that the same systems are impossible the shut down when involved in fire and present a host of new uncontrollable dangers.  


Auto manufacturers have spent billions of dollars making today's vehicles the safest they have ever been and that they are, with airbag systems, occupant classification systems, cushioned bumpers, crumple zones and high strength steel reinforcement, they are literally built to wreck, but today there is not one built to burn.


In 1973 we developed an approach to a vehicle fire that would protect firefighters from the dangers of a bump strut explosion. This approach is still being taught nationwide, even in our largest academies and ironically 95% of the vehicles today are not equipped with bumper struts. 


Today's vehicle fires consist of not only these early bumper struts, but compressed gas struts shooting out from under hoods and hatch backs like arrows and penetrating firefighters legs and abdomens, airbag inflators blowing out through the roofs and exploding into shrapnel, plastic fuel tanks melting and dumping their hot load right at the firefighter's feet, unexpected molten magnesium splattering out from under hoods and dashes and alcohol based fuels that our normal extinguishing agents can not put out. 


But, the worst danger of all is that because of a lack of changes in our training, we are in reality, teaching firefighters that they are supposed to be in the path of these dangers to properly fight a vehicle fire.


During the past four years Midsouth Rescue Technologies has developed a training program in which we can define 33 danger zones on a single vehicle, and never place a firefighter in harms way. 


Topical Overview:


  • Recognizing the need for a change in our training.
  • Recognizing the dangers we are facing today: The students will be introduced to all of the new Safety Restraint Systems, Compressed Gas Struts, Plastic Fuel Tanks, Magnesium Drive Train Parts and the dangers they present when exposed to fire.
  • Steam Conversion: Vehicle fire fighting’s most important tool.
  • Developing new tactics and strategies  (Live fire training) The students will be introduced to a new aggressive attack, that can be used on any vehicle, no matter what it is or is not equipped with and can be done with the equipment their department has, no matter how small and retro fit larger departments with more equipment.

 Attendees will participate in, live demonstrations, power point presentations, videos, and live fire training.

Alternative Fuels and Their Vehicles

This class is a follow up of the vehicle fires class, in that it introduces the attendees to the new fuels that are becoming available today. Many of these fuels can not be extinguished with our normal extinguishing agents or tactics. It is also an introduction to the new flex fuel vehicles and the unique dangers they present us when involved in fire.


Topical Overview:


  • Alternative fuels and their identification
  • Flex fuel vehicles, their differences and unique dangers
  • Special fire suppression agents and tactics (Live fire training) 

Attendees will participate in, live demonstrations, power point presentations, videos, and live fire training.



Any person interested in attending should read, understand, and be fully capable of complying with the following prerequisites.


Prior to being permitted to participate in live fire training operations, all attendees shall have received training to meet (or exceed) the job performance requirements for Fire Fighter I in NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, related to the following subjects:


(1) Safety

(2) Fire behavior

(3) Portable extinguishers

(4) Personal protective equipment

(5) Ladders

(6) Fire hose, appliances, and streams

(7) Overhaul

(8) Water supply

(9) Ventilation

(10) Forcible entry



Attendees participating in live fire training operations who have received the required minimum training from other than the authority having jurisdiction shall not be permitted to participate in these operations without providing prior written evidence of having successfully completed the prescribed minimum training to the levels specified.


Attendees participating in live firefighting operations shall furnish (at their own expense) protective coat, trousers, hoods, footwear, helmet, and gloves manufactured to meet the requirements of NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensemble for Structural Fire Fighting.


Where station or work uniforms are worn by any attendee during live firefighting operations, the station or work uniform shall have been manufactured to meet the requirements of NFPA 1975, Standard on Station/Work Uniforms for Fire and Emergency Services.

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