On-board rescue sheet

The challenge:

Every second counts when human life is at stake. Too often, valuable time is lost in the process of rescuing crash victims entrapped in their vehicles, especially after severe road accidents. The increasingly safety design of vehicles presents rescuers with a serious challenge. In particular, removing car roofs is becoming more and more problematic. Faced with high-strength steel and body reinforcements, even the most powerful cutters reach their limits. Safety components, such as gas generators for curtain airbags, can be a safety risk for emergency response teams. Another problem is how to find and disconnect the battery in modern cars.

The solution:

Rescue sheet e.g. VW Golf V

Therefore, a standardised A4 "rescue sheet" including information on the location of cabin reinforcements, tank, the battery, airbags, gas generators, control units etc. - and indicating adequate cutting points must be used throughout Europe. We are pleased to see that manufacturers and importers have made such rescue sheets available on the Internet. This information must be provided throughout Europe. To be readily accessible by rescuers, the rescue sheet must be placed behind the driver's sun visor of each car.

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About Fia Foundation

The FIA Foundation is an independent UK registered charity which manages and supports an international programme of activities promoting road safety, environmental protection and sustainable mobility, as well as funding specialist motor sport safety research.

The FIA Foundation was established in 2001 with a donation of $300 million made by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the non-profit federation of motoring organisations and the governing body of world motor sport.

The FIA Foundation is an NGO in Roster Consultative Status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations and a regular participant in the Working Party on Traffic Safety and the World Forum on Harmonisation of Vehicle Standards at the UN Economic Commission for Europe, and is a leading participant in the UN Global Road Safety Collaboration. The Foundation works with a range of international agencies including the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Bank and the UN Environment Programme on road safety and environmental issues.

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