March 18-20, 2022

This year we have made an effort to increase the educational experience on Friday by having an auditorium session that highlights some key points from each breakout session. Also on Friday evening we will be hosting a social for all students and instructors for networking fun!

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.


The registration fee for the school is $400 per person, which includes two breakout sessions, all course materials, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, Certificate of Completion, CEU Credits through Coker University, 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.


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

Breakout Sessions

Spaces are Limited in Each Session

Cars Hanging Around - Les Bakercovers the topics of vehicles hanging from structures, trees, guide wires, etc. and the challenges responders must manage. These extrication incidents also require the use of ladders and in many cases high angle rescue tactics while operating tools. Students will complete scenarios with vehicles in suspended positions utilizing a variety of tools, tactics and rope operations. Students must have completed a 24 hour rope rescue course. Certification must be provided with registration.

Winching, Moving, and Lifting - Rich Garberprovides participants 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.  

Advanced Tactics - Randy Schmitzcovers 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.

Lifting Struts as an Active Rescue Tool - Cris Pasto presents training on all aspects of res-q-jacks, the most complete line of versatile rescue struts & jacks available today. The practical exercises will cover wheel-resting, side-resting, roof-resting, and over-ride vehicle stabilization and lifts. Exercises will also cover advanced roll-over & over-ride extrication tactics

Large Vehicle Lifting/Extrication - Robert O'Donald instructs students how to better prepare for an incident involving heavy vehicles and the types of extrication scenarios that are found with vehicles of this type by discussing vehicle design and construction and how this relates to the incident. They will also provide 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.

Patient Vehicle Movement - Toot Lee discusses how most extrication incidents can be mitigated with common initial plans, including some form of a side, roof or tunnel tactic. But when those initial plans fail to provide a suitable path of egress, you’ll need to put into action your secondary disentanglement plan. One potential secondary disentanglement plan involves moving the patient vehicle before the patient is extricated. Although this tactic is seldom required, when it is needed, it can prove invaluable.

Patients Hanging Around - Chris Rufert 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.

School Bus Extrication - Bryan Bennett addresses the number of different types and sizes of buses traveling the streets and highways throughout North America. These vehicles all share certain characteristics, but each type is also unique in some ways. Conducting safe and efficient extrication operations at bus collisions depends largely upon the extent to which rescue personnel know these vehicles and what to expect when they are faced with a collision involving one.

Tractor and Machinery Extrication - Eric Rickenbach provides information on whether your district is rural, suburban, or urban, tractors and large machines will be found in your first due.  Are you prepared to deal with this equipment, and the mechanical, hydraulic, and other hazards that can potentially complicate the extrication?  In most cases, the hydraulic rescue tool is NOT the answer.  This session will focus on the challenges of performing extrication when faced with these challenges

Chop Shop RX - Training for Vehicles of Tomorrow - Randy Wells provides rescuers with the skills to handle vehicles of today and tomorrow utilizing brand new vehicles. Instruction is on the leading edge of extrication techniques and brings real-life rescue experience to the course. Rescuers will learn new methodology to basic principles and advanced alternatives for general application to present day vehicles along with technique adjustments for 2022  industry changes.

Confined Space Extrication - Steve Jason provides challenging scenarios the students have to overcome, such as vehicles in gully’s or ditches with no side access or trapped under a collapse or tree. Responders will be challenged to utilize a variety of tactics and equipment.