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Real Life Rescue Tricks
09-26-2012, 09:41 AM
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Real Life Rescue Tricks
In my BVR class our instrutor told us he keeps a raquet ball with him on vehical rescues. Does any one know what they are use for? He said he learned it in Germany.

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09-26-2012, 08:09 PM
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RE: Real Life Rescue Tricks
I have heard of responders using racquet or tennis balls to hold a door handle in the "open" position when a door is jammed or locked to gain access to a patient. I would guess that many things would work for this, but racquet &/or tennis balls take up very little space & prevent having to have another responder in the line of fire of the door possibly springing open unexpectedly. I have been told that this trick allows the door to come open with only moderate pressure more often than not.

I will leave it up to you responders though to determine what "moderate" pressure really means.....lol. I am not a responder of any sort, but would be interested to hear of any other uses you guys/gals may use a racquet ball for (other than for playing racquet ball also, before someone says it....lmao)

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09-27-2012, 02:18 AM
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RE: Real Life Rescue Tricks
In London we use something similar we use soft foam balls the same size as tennis balls, the way we use them is by jamming them in the internal or external door handle of a car to prevent it from closing. This is especially useful if the car is on its side so the doors would be facing uppermost.

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09-27-2012, 07:37 AM
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A tennisball w/ a small hole in it can also be used to unlock car doors (at least on some types of power locks), i guess a racqet ball would work the same way.
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09-30-2012, 07:07 PM
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(09-27-2012 07:37 AM)ho1774 Wrote:  A tennisball w/ a small hole in it can also be used to unlock car doors (at least on some types of power locks), i guess a racqet ball would work the same way.

How does that work? Never heard of that trick

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10-01-2012, 02:03 AM
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Air pressure over the keyhole sometimes unlocks cars with central locking. Place the tennis ball over the lock with a small hole cut out. Press the tennis ball against the keyhole compressing the tennis ball, then release, door should unlock. In England it works on old fords.

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10-04-2012, 11:05 AM
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RE: Real Life Rescue Tricks
(10-01-2012 02:03 AM)sam1454 Wrote:  Air pressure over the keyhole sometimes unlocks cars with central locking. Place the tennis ball over the lock with a small hole cut out. Press the tennis ball against the keyhole compressing the tennis ball, then release, door should unlock. In England it works on old fords.

i thought they tried that on mythbusters and it failed they didnt try many diffrent doors just one so i gues it could work, my instrutor from bvr told us thats what the ball was for. i need to try it next time we go cutting, i learned alot in that class. which side of the door do most people like to attack i like the hinge side.

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10-04-2012, 05:55 PM
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Cars in the uk are different to the states I know for a fact that it works on old ford escorts in the UK because I have seen it done

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10-04-2012, 06:08 PM
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(10-04-2012 05:55 PM)sam1454 Wrote:  Cars in the uk are different to the states I know for a fact that it works on old ford escorts in the UK because I have seen it done

i never said i was compleatly right glad to know usa tv does get things wrong. lol
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10-04-2012, 07:53 PM
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(10-01-2012 02:03 AM)sam1454 Wrote:  Air pressure over the keyhole sometimes unlocks cars with central locking. Place the tennis ball over the lock with a small hole cut out. Press the tennis ball against the keyhole compressing the tennis ball, then release, door should unlock. In England it works on old fords.

Don't tempt me to try anything Tongue

I had never heard of that being a possibility, But usually we will use other tools, all depending on what the situation permits us to use.

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