With an uneasy creak, the spools began to move.
The chains could be heard pinging as they tightened and eventually held fastólittle by little, the heavy wrecker began to lift the mammoth monolith of masonry that lay before us in a jungle of weathered stone and twisted rebar.
Yes, it’s drill time again; however, instead of going down into a trench, we’re going up in the air. E15’s collapse drill focused on shoring up ceilings, breaching concrete, and using our behemoth of a heavy rescue crane/wrecker to elevate the chunks of concrete that are piled haphazardly behind the Training Academy.
I have not yet attended the Collapse Rescue class that is afforded members of my firehouse; however, I have always found the physics principles that are inherent in technical rescue fascinating.
That’s right. I’m a classical physics and engineering mechanics dork at heart. Reading about formulas put together by the Army Corps of Engineers is one thing, but applying them in a real-world situation and seeing the results happen in front of you is entirely another.
Today was certainly no exception to my eager thirst for geeky science stuff; pictures, as always, can be clicked for a larger size.