Holmatro Blog

Read the blog posts of experts travelling the world to train and exchange knowledge with rescuers from all nationalities.

  • South Wales Extrication Team - The Epitome of Sharing Knowledge

    05 Aug 2015

    I have just returned from the UKRO National Extrication Challenge held at the Fire Service College in Moreton in Marsh, UK. I have blogged many times about the value of these (and other) extrication...

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  • Physical Burden of Rescue Operations

    03 Jul 2015

    Safety is the principle consideration of any rescue scene. All rescuers have well-established operating procedures for ensuring a safe system of work. This starts before you have even left your fire...

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  • Do you have the Challenge Bug?

    22 Jun 2015

    I have just returned from the largest fire and rescue exhibition in the world: Interschutz 2015 in Hannover, Germany. Along with a team from Holmatro we staged an International Extrication Challenge...

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  • The Role of Equipment Manufacturers in Sharing Knowledge

    01 Jun 2015

    The vast majority of my job is devoted to education and sharing knowledge, whether that is with end users of our products or our own internal staff. I am lucky that my job allows me to do some very...

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  • Is Extrication Getting Easier? (Part 2)

    13 Apr 2015

    In my last blog I claimed that extrication (in general) is getting easier. I thought it would be a good idea to offer a few practical examples and explain in more detail why I believe this to be the...

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  • Is Extrication Actually Getting Easier?

    07 Mar 2015

    It occurred to me recently that when I look at all the factors involved in vehicle extrication, I do believe it is getting easier. Why? Well, let me explain. The principle factors involved in...

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  • Vehicle Relocation - Can We, Really?

    17 Feb 2015

    I received a call on the way into work this morning. The call was from Dr Mark Forrest. As well as being an anaesthetist, he is Medical Director of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service in the UK (my old...

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  • Can you remember EVERYTHING?

    30 Jan 2015

    On 29th December 2014 a Virgin Atlantic jet bound for Las Vegas (USA) returned to its departure airport ( London Gatwick), because a landing gear fault had been identified. Before it touched down, it...

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  • Managing Risk

    07 Jan 2015

    Happy New Year; I hope that 2015 brings health and happiness to you all. My blog celebrates its second anniversary this week, but the video below from Dayton, Ohio is far older. This year it turns 21...

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  • The Scientific Approach to Extrication

    16 Dec 2014

    Science is wonderful, I love it. Mankind has recently landed a spacecraft on comet 67P which is over 300 million miles away, now that is science! However, if you read through all of my blogs you will...

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