Ruggedly constructed of stainless steel and
aluminum alloys, Command Light’s Traffic Flow
Boards are an investment in safety.
Despite 60% less traffic on the road, almost
50% of all auto accidents happen at night. An
arrow board that faces the traffic can give
you room to operate around the scene
TFB·s are much more effective and visible
than a standard arrow stick mounted on the
rear of a vehicle. TFB·s won·t get lost in the
chevron striping and other flashing lights
The National Safety Council states:
Managing vehicle traffic is one of the most
dangerous operations! Let the TFB help take
the pressure off your people
the strut on the vehicle in the manner
Strut Size-Up Method
• Select the insertion point for the strut
• Take the strut next to the vehicle, and
keep it in a vertical position.
• Extend the strut head about one foot
above the chosen insertion point (
• Lock the strut length in place using the
pin or lock threads of your specific struts.
• Place the strut head into the insertion
point and use ratchet straps to tension
the base of the strut into the vehicle.
Tensioning the straps places the strut
under compression and enables it to
operate as designed (photos 7-8). Re-
peat this method for each strut until
the determined stabilization plan is
complete. Vehicle movement should
be prevented from either direction.
Note: The strut angle will fall into its
optimal operating range. This method
also leaves room for going below or slight-
ly over a foot when sizing up strut length.
The strut will still be at an optimal angle
for placement (Figures 1-3). This method
ensures that the strut is within the proper
angle for stabilization and reduces resets
or time questioning whether the strut
length/angle is correct.
Begin extricating the patient imme-
diately after the vehicle is stabilized.
Practice this technique so crews can
properly use the method on scene. Again,
responders need to be familiar with their
tools and equipment. The goal should
always be to decrease the time it takes
to stabilize a vehicle and extricate the
patient. The more quickly we can remove
patients from the vehicle, the sooner
they can get the medical care they need.
Remember, everything we do, we do for
them; they are the number one priority!
Special thanks to the crews at Fire Station
23 in Prince William County, Virginia, and
Lieutenant David Caruana for his feedback
ANDREW HALE is a technician II serving the
community of Prince William County, Virginia,
and has been with the Department of Fire and
Rescue since 2011. He is assigned to Engine
Co. 523, located along the I-95 corridor on the
east end of the county. His past assignments
have included Engine 524, Rescue 504, Truck
523, and Rescue 510. He is heavily involved with
the technical rescue program and helps teach
vehicle rescue, rope rescue, confined space
rescue, and trench rescue. He is also certified as
a state level II instructor and occasionally helps
teach Firefighter I/II classes. Hale is working
on a bachelor’s degree in fire science through
Columbia Southern University.