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Brad McLelland

Author and Editor of "Principles of Passenger Vehicle Extrication, 5th Edition"

February 7, 2023

Brad McLelland grew up in Arkansas, went to college in the Ozark Mountains, and spent several years working as a crime journalist in the South before moving to the Midwest and earning his MFA in creative writing from Oklahoma State University. A senior editor and photographer at Fire Protection Publications, Brad has served as project manager for numerous projects, including Fire and Emergency Services Instructor (Ninth Edition), Public Information Officer (Second Edition), Pumping and Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook (Fourth Edition), and two companion manuals, Principles of Passenger Vehicle Extrication (Fifth Edition) and Principles of Heavy Vehicle Extrication (First Edition). On the fiction side, Brad is a published author of middle-grade novels and is the recipient of the 2019 Oklahoma Book Award. He lives in northern Oklahoma with his wife, stepdaughter, and two furry friends, including a blind, piano-playing kitty named Ophelia who’s more popular on social media than he is.

IFSTA’s Principles of Passenger Vehicle Extrication, 5th Edition, provides rescue personnel with an understanding of the current challenges, techniques, skills and equipment available for the safe and effective extrication of victims trapped in passenger vehicles. This manual teaches passenger vehicle extrication in three levels of capability by orientation or vehicle position and follows the same linear sequence a rescuer will encounter at a vehicle extrication incident from size-up through disentanglement. Now as a standalone book without heavy vehicle extrication, this manual includes changes in chapter contents, concepts taught, best practices followed, new skill sheets and new steps in performing skills so it is more usable by the student and instructor. This textbook is appropriate for firefighters, law enforcement personnel, Emergency Medical Services personnel, industrial and transportation emergency response members, public works and utility employees, military responders, and rescue personnel.


Last Updated: 9 February 2023