This is an accessory to permit crossing of small gaps in a highway, to traverse mud, or small obstacles. Or to assist in getting out of deep snow. It will be useful to civilians and emergency responders in areas prone to earthquakes. A google search of earthquake images reveals that while there may be large areas of destruction, it is common for highways to be breached by deep cracks that are no more than two feet wide. Without a means such as described these breaches make it impossible to continue. These inexpensive expedient gap-crossing accessories should be constructed of 2" by 12" hardwood, in a four-foot width for civilian vehicles (to fit in a trunk) and longer for emergency ambulances (to fit in backboard or storage compartment). The units should be complemented by two short pieces 12" by 12" by 2". The surface is fitted with adhesion tape, sold in Home Depot. The side may be covered with stick-on scotchlight reflective tape. Two 1/2 inch holes are drilled in one end to hold a 24 inch carry rope (clothesline). This unit may be used as a lever to move obstacles, or placed over a crevice in the highway. In addition it may be used as a means to cross muddy areas, railroad tracks, or to climb curbs. If a small limb is across the road, wood ramps placed on each side will permit crosssing without removal of the limb. They may also be placed in lightly flooded areas to permit crossing without submerging the shoes.
The home-made OCS (obstacle crossing accessory) will be helpful to have around in a number of rescue scenarios.
(1) To facilitate ice rescues. The weight of a person will be distributed over the entire undersurface of the board, enabling movement on ice that would not otherwise hold a person. It can also be slid over to someone to hold on to.
(2) To move obstacles on a highway. The two holes enable the OCS to be tied to the front bumper of the ambulance, The other end can then be used to push a tree, telephone pole, or boulder off the road. You can't just use the bumper because the object will be too low to make contact without the OCS.
(3) To breach plate glass doors. These are often recessed so the vehicle bumper cannot make contact. It is worthwhile to screw in a half-dozen round headed wood screws on the end without the holes. The heads will come into contact with the plate glass.
(4) As a lever to move obstacles. Three people can be used on one end. If two such levers are placed beside one another considerable force can be applied.
(5) To move heavy objects (such as a refrigerator) short distances. The OCS will be used as a sled and dragged behind the vehicle.
(6) As a battering ram.
(7) To slow vehicles (an expedient speed bump).
(8) To help a vehicle climb a curb. For example, let's imagine a stalled vehicle is blocking a driveway and must be hand pushed off the side (and there is a curb). It will make it easier to push the vehicle up over the curb.
(9) To level a vehicle parked on a slope.
(10) To wash out the patient compartment of the ambulance. This floor is parallel to the ground. By placing boards under the front wheels and driving up on them the compartment can be hosed out and the water will quickly drain.
(11) To shore up a dangerous area (a concrete slab, for example) that must be crawled under.
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