The registration fee for the school is $150 per person, which includes keynote presentations, one breakout session, digital copy of all presentations for each department, all course materials, refreshment breaks, lunch on Sunday, Certificate of Completion, CEU Credits through Coker College, and SES T-shirt. Group rates for six students from the same organization are available. Spaces are limited, so early registration is encouraged! Breakout sessions will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Auditorium Sessions

Winching, Moving, and Lifting – Understanding the Basics  - Erik Rickenbachdiscusses how almost every rescuer has been told at some point in their career that “you can’t move a vehicle with a victim in it.”  Today, this may not always be true, especially if moving a vehicle leads to a quicker and safer extrication.  And while most rescuers can use the various chains, rigging, winches, and lifting equipment carried on the rescue, from a safety and effectiveness standpoint they may not really understand these tools.  Not understanding these tools can and has led to disaster.  This presentation will reinforce tool understanding and discuss the basic principles and safety concerns.

Trapped & Dying: Do You Have What It Takes When Seconds Count? - Isaac Frazier covers how the “WHY” must be more than the “WHAT”. This course looks into many aspects of the job but really takes focus on the mental process and motivation that pushes us to do marvelous things or fold under pressure. The objective is to boost performance, both skills related and task/movement efficiency, to far higher levels and then hone them in stressful environments, making you faster, more precise, and ultimately far more capable in performance when it counts. The emphasis is on training for the game of life, where the knowledge and skills learned in training will one day translate over to the streets, determining life or death.

Board to Death: Improving Spinal Immobilization in Three Steps - Rom Duckworthdiscusses if we should we be “boarding” everyone, no one, or somewhere in between? What is “safe” and what are the liabilities? This program examines EMS field care of traumatic c-spine injuries evaluating different selective spinal stabilization protocols, pros and cons of common spinal stabilization tools and techniques and methods for providers of any level to help their system adopt and implement these best practices.

Breakout Sessions

Patient Vehicle Movement - Toranze Lee  covers the tools and techniques necessary to properly move patient vehicles in situations with safety issues, path of egress concerns, and secondary entrapment. Students will work through complex scenarios utilizing lessons learned.

Limited to 40 Students

Just Hanging Around - Les Baker  covers the topic of patients entrapped in hanging positions when the vehicle is side or roof resting or in more complex situations such as vertical positions, multi vehicle incidents, etc. Emphasis will be placed on tactics that provide a large path of egress for ease of patient handling, tips to ensure a smooth patient removal, and stabilization/movement tactics.

Limited to 30 Students

Winching, Moving, and Lifting – Taking it the Next Level” –  Erik Rickenbachcontinues the discussion from the general session, and take it to the next step (or higher).  Participants will gain practical information, new skills and a better understanding related to winching, rigging, moving, and lifting in various vehicle extrication scenarios.  This session will include using rigging, winching, lifting bags, stabilization equipment, etc. to demonstrate and practice these skills.  

Limited to 30 Students

Advanced Tactics - Randy Schmitz  covers advanced tactics that are not used on a routine basis, but when needed are invaluable. These tactics include floor pushes, inverted patient removal, tunneling, etc. Emphasis will be placed on scenario based training.

Limited to 30 Students

Breaking Down the Big Rigs - Heath Haywood  covers the approach to stabilizing, securing, and gaining access to various large vehicles in a post accident environment. The hands on portion will focus on various real world scenarios, with each station having its own unique challenges and obstacles to overcome. Students will be faced with limited resources, precarious vehicle positioning, and cargo obstacles.

Limited to 40 Students

Paratech Heavy Lift Operations -  Steve Williamson provides a better understanding of lifting equipment, including lift bags and struts, available to first responders. The focus will be the safe mitigation of real life scenarios involving vehicles, construction accidents, collapse scenarios, and big rig entrapments.

Limited to 50 Students

Advanced Metal Cutting Operations - Derek Franks provides instruction on using metal cutting equipment including oxyacetylene and petrogen torches, band saws, grinders, etc. to cut metal of various configurations, thicknesses, types, etc. An emphasis will be placed on operations with patients in close proximity and entrapment scenarios.

Limited to 30 Students

The Southeastern Extrication School gives students the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized instructors and take one of several rare training sessions. These training sessions concentrate on the fundamentals necessary to handle complex extrication scenes.


March 4-5, 2017


The registration, keynote presentations, and classroom portions of the breakout sessions will take place on the campus of Coker College located in Hartsville, SC. Please view for directions, hotel accommodations, and transportation. Accommodations are the responsibility of the student.

SES 2018 Info Coming Soon

March 10-11, 2018

10th Year Anniversary