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Monday, April 3rd 2017
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Practice with the Crash Recovery System

tips from our training specialist

Technical Rescue exercises often unrealistic? Why? In this newsletter, you will find some tips from our training specialist Paul van der Zwaan on how to practice with the Crash Recovery System and components that can be found in modern vehicles.


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We often practice with older discarded vehicles. It’s already a plus if the vehicle is equipped with a steering wheel airbag. Car body reinforcements are also very rare. This makes it difficult to stage a realistic accident especially if we want to practice using the Crash Recovery System. Despite this fact, there are a number of possibilities. The Moditech Rescue Solutions magnetic label set is one of these possibilities.

The Moditech magnetic labels are specifically designed to promote the use of the Crash Recovery System (CRS) during Technical Rescue exercises. With a few simple actions, you can turn an old discarded car into a contemporary vehicle. There are even fire brigades that use these labels during an actual deployment.

The labels are designed according to the icons that are found in the CRS.

The magnetic label kit consists of:
2x Battery
4x Sensor
4x Gas spring
4x Gas cartridge
1x Curtain airbag, left
1x Curtain airbag, right
1x Belt tensioner
1x Belt tensioner (mirrored)
4x Body reinforcements
2x Number plate

A Moditech Rescue Solutions magnet set can be ordered for € 249,- exclusive of VAT and shipment via


Particularly suitable for commander training

Preparation: Find a modern vehicle via the Internet (for example Write down the number plate number on the number plate magnet and locate the airbags, reinforcements, battery and so on in the CRS, and place the labels at these positions on the discarded vehicle. If you use the CRS Standard Edition without license plate request, you can write down the make and model of the vehicle or VIN number (VIN Edition) to select a vehicle. Before starting the exercise, indicate where and how the victim is located in the vehicle. Based on the data from the CRS and the labels on the vehicle, let participants describe their plan-A and plan-B. The participants can use a number of flip charts to write down and discuss their plan-A and plan-B, and complement each other.

Tip: Use number plates that correspond to the model of the discarded vehicle. So don’t use a four-door vehicle number plate for a two-door discarded vehicle.


Suitable for the entire training team

Preparation: Search the Internet for a vehicle you want to practice with and write down the number plate on the magnetic label and place it on the discarded vehicle. Make sure you always get a similar type of vehicle. Indicate at the start of the exercise that the number plate is leading and that it is expected they should act accordingly.


During the exercise, let the person operating the CRS (security person) place the relevant labels as indicated in the CRS after specifying the vehicle via the number plate selection. Allow only those labels to be placed that are important to the rescue. By placing the labels, the security person actually indicates the Go and No-Go zones He can also indicate where the battery is located The removal of the battery label by the technical team will then be the same operation as disconnecting the battery terminals.


By placing an orange gas or water hose on the underside of a vehicle or in the engine compartment, the vehicle can be staged as a hybrid vehicle. After all, the cables of hybrid and electric vehicles are always orange.


By using a practice gas tank it is possible to stage a vehicle running on gas. If there is also a practice explosion danger metre that can be activated remotely, a realistic exercise can be easily set up.