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 www.hartsvillesc.gov for directions, hotel accommodations, and transportation. Accommodations are the responsibility of the student.


March 9-10, 2019

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 $175 per person, which includes keynote presentations, one breakout session, all course materials, refreshment breaks, lunch on Sunday, Certificate of Completion, CEU Credits through Coker College, and SES T-shirt. Registrations postmarked after 2/08/19 will be $225 person. 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

Walking on Water: A Rescuer's Guide to Extrication in Extreme Water Environmnets - Dan McManus spotlights the myths and facts of moving water while engaging the audience with a wide range of tactics from basic maneuvers to advanced rope systems, high water vehicles and aviation rescue.

There is Nothing Stock about a Stock Car - Andy Biron discusses auto racing in the United States and how it relates to responders. The drivers are of varying ages and ambitions. Drivers are sometimes seriously injured and require the attention of a speedway safety team. Track owners say they do not have the financial means to enact rigorous safety protocols. Other track owners have stopped providing professional safety personnel altogether, leaving the responsibility to the local fire department. The few safety rules that do exist are routinely ignored. This can all lead to a very dangerous and life-threatening situation the local first responders will have to respond to and mitigate.

Tractors Aren't Just on Farms... - Eric Rickenbach discusses how agricultural tractors and machinery come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations. This type of equipment can be found in the urban and suburban settings as well. Even with diversity, there are some common concerns, as well as approaches, when responding to a report of someone injured or trapped by these machines. This session will give both rural and urban responders the basics to safely approach these types of incidents.

Breakout Sessions

Patient Vehicle Movement - Toranze 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.

Limited to 32 Students

Cars Hanging Around - Les Baker covers 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.

Limited to 24 Students

Winching, Moving, and Lifting - Erik Rickenbach provides 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.  

Limited to 32 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 32 Students

Res-Q-Jack Stabilizaton Univeristy - 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

Limited to 50 Students

Paratech Heavy Lift Operations -  Robert O'Donald 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

Cars in Trenches - Don Headrick covers the topic of vehicles that come to rest in various positions in trenches of different sizes and configurations. Local responders may find themselves facing these incidents around construction sites and utility work. With social media, the likelihood of this type of incident has been much more apparent in recent years. Students must have completed a 24 hour basic trench rescue class. Certification must be provided with registration.   

Limited to 30 Students