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    I AM CURRENTLY WRITING A TEACHING OUTLINE FOR A MULTI-DEPT VEHICLE EXTRICATION CLASS. DOES ANYONE KNOW OF ANY CURRENT ON-LINE INFO DEALING WITH AUTO AIRBAG SYSTEMS, OR PERHAPS SOME INFORMATION YOU CAN FOWARD. ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANKS

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    Sources of information you may be interested in include:

    University of Extrication article archives posted at http://www.firehouse.com>

    A private organization publishes a free newsletter called Status Reports. The organization is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS), based in Arlington VA. This group reminds me of a "Ralph Nader-type" operation but they really have a lot going for them. They are online also. http://www.hwysafety.org

    They have a second group within their organization that does other car research. Check out http://www.carsafety.org

    You should request a free subscription to their publication, Status Reports. It is a neat little desktop publishing newsletter, with great color photos of actual crash testing done by IIHS. Status Reports always has good vehicle safety info in each issue and it's free. Their address is 1005 North Gleebe Rd, Arlington VA 22201 Their phone number is (703) 247-1678

    I subscribe to two consumer magazines that always give me good advance notice about new vehicle features. I read Popular Science Magazine and Popular Mechanics. I get two-year subscriptions to make the magazine cost about $.75 per issue. You could also read their current articles in the public library.

    Dayton Airbag Incident- The video documents the Dayton, OH airbag deployment showing the scene and the dual airbag deployment as it actually launches one firefighter through the air. FETN sells the training tape...Dayton Airbag Incident..item #733-0061. The FETN Sales Department is available toll free 800-932-3386.

    ONLINE INFORMATION SOURCES-
    Online automobile-specific world wide web sites that I always visit just to browse over publicity info about new cars include these two. They are designed for consumers but if you read between the lines, it gives you things to check out when you visit new car dealerships.
    http://www.edmunds.com
    http://www.carpoint.msn.com

    Good online newspaper and television news reports, available online, that constantly run feature stories about vehicles include;
    http://www.usatoday.com/
    USA Today-News:Life: search for auto
    http://www.cnnfn.com
    CNN

    o Online magazines with automobile information in each issue include;
    Popular Mechanics available online at http://www.popularmechanics.com Also check out
    Popular Science at http://www.popsci.com

    Almost every car manufacturer has an Internet address. Use Yahoo and search by manufacturer. I like Volvo's pages, BMW lets you design a car, and GM, Chrysler, Ford, etc., all have safety info on their sites that you need to see.

    I was just at Mitsubuishi's site at http://mitsucar.com

    Other URL addresses include; http://www.bmwusa.com/driving/owners...afetytips.html http://www.usa.mercedes-benz.com

    Good online sites to get Federal government info include;

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration available at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov

    Make sure you visit their accident report documents http://www.ntsb.gov/Surface/Highway/Highway.htm

    The IAFC has a committee called TERC. That stands for Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee.

    Their home page is http://www.terc.org

    It is rapidly becoming a valuable www site for linking vehicle rescue information and sources. This group also conducts their big annual event called the International Auto Extrication Competition and Learning Symposium. There are also regional competitions to win a berth at the International event. You should really go to the regionals or the International if you want to give your vehicle rescue knowledge a quantum leap forward! You can contact TERC online at <http://www.terc.org> and look for the link to the competition detailing the dates and conference info.

    From the TERC web site, you can link to other active groups around the world who focus on advancing the field of vehicle rescue. The Upstate Extrication group in New York State, the Canadian Automotive Rescue Society, and the English Car Users Entrapment Extrication Society are just some of the more dynamic and progressive groups you should become familiar with.


    INFORMATION SOURCES WITHIN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY-
    o On-site visits to new car dealerships is vital. The first time I visit, I go in and just gather mass amounts of every brochure they've got. I take these home and study them. Almost every manufacturer now has a very visible section on their vehicle's safety features. As I read this literature, it is very important to make separate notes on a piece of paper. I mark down anything that catches my eye...what car make/model...what item to check out...etc. This becomes my shopping list for my return visit to the dealerships.

    On the second trip to the dealerships, I come armed with a hit list of items to check out and my still camera. I ask permission to photograph everything I need during the new car inspection. Between these snapshots and the color literature, I've got some great training aids on the newest of the new car features. Also, I plan on being surprised. I always come back with more new things photographed than I went in to shoot in the first place. Bring an extra roll of film. When you're on a shoot, you don't want to stop.

    o Regional Auto shows are a great place to see future cars and cut-away views of new vehicles. Manufacturer's have technical reps there and they really can get you the info you want. Ask a big car dealership what big auto shows will be held in your area and plan on going. Walk up to each display area, explain you're an instructor with EMS or with the fire department and ask what new safety stuff they have to show you. Always get their literature and bring a camera. Many of my photos of new car stuff comes from auto shows where they have cut-away vehicles on display.

    SUMARY-
    This is just a quick rundown of places I go to obtain new and current vehicle rescue information. The one source I didn't list is you. As much as I share with others, I learn twice as much by being a good listener.

    I'll share info with you as much as I can and if you find something out that we should all know about, let me know. Please share sources you use to keep your vehicle rescue training program up-to-date. I'll work together with you so we can all make our vehicle rescue training better and our accident scene operations safer and more efficient.

    Ron Moore
    University of Extrication
    Message Forum Moderator
    [email protected]

    [This message has been edited by rmoore (edited September 04, 2000).]

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