How Does The DOT/NHTSA Side Laminated Window Mandate Impact First Responders?

Posted by : Cynthia Phillips ~ March 8, 2020 Since 2017 one in three cars has been manufactured with side laminated windows. In direct response to the DOT mandate (fully implemented in 2020) requiring all U.S. automakers to manufacture side windows from laminated safety glass, the LIFELINE Tactical Rescue Tools team upgraded its flagship tool. While this DOT mandate helps to keep drivers safely inside their vehicle during a motor vehicle accident, it makes it impossible for first responders to take immediate action at the scene of an MVA without [...]

MVA with Entrapment | Firefighter Brandon Wayne Edwards with CFD

MVA WITH ENTRAPMENT ~ TESTIMONIAL | Firefighter Brandon Wayne Edwards with CFD “Today while operating on an MVA with entrapment Engine Company 30 arrived on scene, assessed the vehicle and decided to provide access thru the windshield, for rescue and truck companies in route to the scene. Crews used the LIFELINE ™ Tactical Self-Extrication Tool, a personal extrication tool to start removing the windshield for patient evaluation and access. The ease of making an access point with the butt of the tool and then transitioning to cutting [...]

MVA with Entrapment | Ringwood, NJ

Lifeline Tactical Rescue Tool - Vehicle Rescue On Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 16:51 I was driving southbound on Route 208. In front of me, I witnessed a passenger vehicle veer right into the shoulder and made contact with a snowbank and guardrail just past the entrance ramp from exit 59 (via 287 Northbound) and flip to stop on its hood and roof. I slowed my vehicle, parked a safe distance away and activated my emergency lights on my vehicle. I dismounted my vehicle with a high [...]