Vehicle extrication is the process of removing a vehicle from around a person who has been involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Extrication, as defined by NFPA must be done by medically certified individuals, and as such, includes patient assessment, treatment and removal of the patient from vehicle. Extrication units are supposed to not only have many different kinds of extrication tools, but medical equipment, oxygen, and backboards as well. Extrication is the entire process from fire protection, power unit disengagement, vehicle security, patient security and treatment, removal of vehicle from patient, removal of patient, and transfer to ambulance. Extrication is not just simply popping a door off.