FEMA suggests Rescue Cribbing for CERT teams and civilians for disaster response. Our custom rescue cribbing kit is for Community Emergency Response Teams and School Disaster Response teams to rescue victims trapped in light urban search and rescue environments. We have developed a ''Light Cribbing Rescue Package'' to stabilize heavy non-structural items (i.e. filing cabinets, piano, coke machine, etc.)
When attempting to rescue victims trapped under heavy non-structural items, you should always use rescue cribbing for stabilizing the outside corners while lifting the object from the middle using the fulcrum and lever provided with this set. This mechanical advantage lifting technique keeps everyone safe. Cribbing blocks should always be used during lifting for victim and rescuer safety.
Cribbing block set consists of routered and sanded wood in the form of a 4'lever, fulcrum, 28 12" 2x4's and 4 12" wedges
Cribbing is essential in many CERT extrication operations. Its most common use is to stabilize objects while lifting . Wood selected for cribbing should be solid, straight and
free of major flaws. Cribbing surfaces should be
free of any paint or finish because this can make the
wood slippery, especially when it is wet.
Consider training in victim extrication using cribbing such as our "Disaster Survival Skills" workshops
which include light urban search & rescue techniques.