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Firefighter placing an ISO fuel identification placard on a fire truck. Photo: CTIF Finland

Extrication and New Technology

The CTIF Commission for "Extrication and New Technology" is trying to encourage and promote the cooperation between fire services and other emergency services around the world.

The most dangerous phrase in rescue services is:  " we´ve always done it this way"

The world has changed very quickly in recent years: 

- The number of alternative propulsion vehicles is rising rapidly

- The amount various devices that help operations has increased (drones, robots, etc)

- Solar panels, batteries, energy storage systems (ESS), self driving cars etc. has make rescue operations more difficult

If we can share our experiences on the international level, this will help us all one step further to guarantee the security of our citizens and emergency workers. The more we can learn from each other, the better.

 

The international commission is thematically active in three working fields:

  1. Extrication & Road Safety (UN Decade)
  2. Energy Storage Systems (batteries, solar panels, ...)
  3. Smart Tech (robots, self-driving cars, data transmission, ...)
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The philosophy of the commission is mentioned in the scheme below: innovation requires the necessary flow of information regarding the product and the installation, to come to efficient rules and the dissemination of knowledge.

 

Schema

 

 

Members, Leaders & Member Countries

Mikko Saastamoinen, FinlandChair of the Commission:

Mikko Saastamoinen, Finland

Mikko is an officer in the South-Savo Rescue department. He is recognized instructor nationally and internationally, in road rescue and new vehicle technologies

 

 

Contact Mikko Saastamoinen

 

Michel Gentilleau1.st 1st Vice chair Michel Gentilleau , France
michel.gentilleau@laposte.net

Michel is project leader in Project EuroNCAP

 

 

 

Mark Bokdam2nd vice chair Mark Bokdam, The Netherlands
m.bokdam@brandweertwente.nl

Mark is project leader in Project Drones and Project Solar Panels

 

Overview of the Commission

  • Kick-off: December 2013
  • Chairman: Mikko Saastamoinen (appointed October 2021)
  • Project Leaders: 
    •  ISO 17840 working group. Project Leader Tore Eriksson
    • Euro NCAP: Michel Gentilleau
    • Extrication: Mikko Saastamoinen
    • Drones in Emergency Services / Solar panels: Mark Bokdam

Commission meeting in France 2016, during local technical days

Commission meeting in 2019, Karlsruhe, Germany. Excursion to Mercedez-Benz.
 

 

  • Meetings: 2 face-to-face meetings every year.

     

  • Member countries
    • Belgium: Pieter Dervaux / Robby Testard
    • Austria: Wolfgang Niederauer
    • Croatia: Tin Butala / Mateo Trop
    • Czech Republic: Jakub Klucho
    • Denmark: Kenny Bülow
    • Finland: Mikko Saastamoinen Charirman  (1st term)
    • France: Dimitri Pelletier, Michel Gentilleau
    • Germany: Ruediger Knoll, Ivana Kordoba-Kruijff, Jörg Heck
    • Greece: Charilaos Margiolakis
    • Italy: Marco Aimo-Boot (Iveco)
    • Luxemburg: François Christnach, Joël Biever
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    • Norway: Svein Thelin Knutsen, Ingar Danielssen
    • Portugal:  Simão Luís Pechirra Velez
    • Slovenia: Milan Dubravac, Ales Cedilnik
    • Spain: José Miguel Basset
    • Sweden: Tore Eriksson, Yvonne Näsman, PerOla Malmqvist 
    • USA: Dan Munsey
    • World Rescue Organization representer : Ian Marritt
    • The Netherlands:  Mark Bokdam
    • Chairman: Mikko Saastamoinen (1st term)
    • Vice-chairman: Michel Gentilleau and Mark Bokdam
Previous Meetings of the Commission:

During covid-19 pandemic, we have held several virtual meetings online. 

Tom van Esbroeck and Mikko Saastamoinen in virtual meeting
Tom van Esbroeck and Mikko Saastamoinen in virtual meeting

 

Virtual meeting during the Covid 19 pandemic
Virtual meeting during the Covid 19 pandemic

 

Commission meeting in Czech Republic 2017
Commission meeting in Czech Republic 2017

 

 

Commission meeting In Finland, during Neste Rally Finland 2017
Commission meeting In Finland, during Neste Rally Finland 2017
 

 

News & Works from the Commission: 

Disabling direct hazards in a vehicle crash – going beyond just the high-volt systems

 

This text tries to explain what disabling direct hazards means for emergency responders and tries to highlight, what would be the best solution in that respect. It also contains several ideas to include disabling certain vehicle systems as a sequence, not only after a crash but also in other incidents.
 

Rescue sheets, based on ISO 17840-1 and -2, contain information about the rescue-relevant components and procedures for road vehicles. One section of the rescue sheet is dedicated to information on the disabling process for direct hazards of the vehicle. 

Comparing different rescue sheets shows, that there is no common understanding of the term “direct hazards”, as the procedures shown in the rescue sheets sometimes only aim to disable the high voltage system, however, sometimes they also aim to disable additional systems of the vehicle.

This text tries to explain what disabling direct hazards means for emergency responders and tries to highlight, what would be the best solution in that respect. It also contains several ideas to include disabling of certain vehicle systems as a sequence, not only after a crash but also in other incidents.

 

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