*I go back to the engine and I grab some step chocks and place them down around the tires of the car. That's gonna be it for stabilization. I head up to the front of the car and I reach under to find the hood latch. I open it up, but of course, the moose is holding it down.*
'Dave, I need the spreaders.'
*As he goes and works on that, I shine a light inside of the car from my helmet. I see that the battery is on the left, front side of the car, so hopefully the spreaders will be able to hold it open. As Dave comes over, I take the spreaders from him and use them to open the hood as much as I can, from the inner skin of the hood.*
'Watch the moose. Make sure it doesn't move. If it does, stop me immediately.'
*As he pokes his head up, I set the tool and quickly increase the opening until I catch the hood. Then, I slowly start to increase it, trying to get a purchase so that I can get in under the hood. Lucky, this is only the legs because the main body of the moose is lying on the driver's side. I get enough of an opening and I sigh. I don't want to get in there because I'll literally be under the moose, but we can't do anything until we're able to get the moose off.*
Me: "Elk Command to Units on Scene, be advised, the battery to the car has not been disconnected. We will disconnect upon Rescue 4's arrival. BREAK Elk Command to Rescue 4."
Rescue 4: "Go ahead Command."
Me: "Rescue 4, what's your ETA?"
Rescue 4: "We're a half mile or so back. We'll be there soon."
Me: "Elk Command Copies. Go ahead and pull past the incident. We'll need to run your hydraulic lines off of the rear of your truck."
Rescue 4: "Copy."
*I listen to the Q in the distance as they approach us. I head back over to the car while I look at the guys, trying to figure out what I can help them with. I have no idea how they want to stabilize this moose. If anything, it'll probably be some kind of tripod or just using the winch to pull him off the car. We'll have to see when they get here. I walk over to one of the Fish and Game Guys as the Rescue is arriving.*
Me: 'Hey, I need to know what you guys want to do with that moose.'
Fish and Game: 'Well how bad is he?'
Me: 'He's lying on the hood of a car and not moving, so you tell me.'
Fish and Game: 'Well can he go through rehabilitation?'
Me: 'I don't know. I need to know if you want us to try and support his weight and put him down gently or just drop it.'
Fish and Game: 'Well dropping him is animal cruelty. You guys can't do that.'
Me: 'Look, I can get them to rig something up, but until that's done, I can't get them out of the car, which means your road is blocked longer and the person in there has less and less of a chance of survival.'
Fish and Game: 'Well what would they do?'
Me: 'You'd have to ask them. I don't know what they want to do. You need to tell them how gentle we need to be.'
Fish and Game: 'Well be as gently as possible. We may be able to save the moose.'
Me: 'Okay then.'
*I walk over to the Rescue guys who are setting up some of their extrication tools. I see their officer walk over to me and look at the moose.*
Jackson: 'What's with the damn moose?'
Me: 'I dunno he wanted dinner I guess.'
Jackson: 'What are we doing to get it off the car?'
Me: 'Well, I can't cut the battery until he's off. Which means we can't cut the car open. Fish and Game just said that they wanted him taken off gently, so I dunno what you want to do.'
Jackson: 'We'll probably have to rig up a tripod over the hood and lift him off evenly that way. Then you guys can access the car and when the wrecker pulls up, we'll let them get the car and we'll put the moose down for the tree huggers.'
Me: 'Okay, how long will that take?'
Jackson: 'Shit, at least then minutes.'
Me: 'Ok. Do you have anything shorter?'
Jackson: 'Other than just rip his ass off, no.'
Me: 'All right then, get to work. Garbus, Dave, help 'em out please.'
*I key the mic as I take a step away from him.*
Me: "Elk Command, 911."
911: 'Go ahead."
Me: "Be advised, Fish and Game instructed to remove the moose in an attempt to save the moose. This will likely be a prolonged extrication. Will advise."
*I put the radio down and I sigh. With that time increase, now we're talking a twenty minute deal or so. Terrific. That means that we're going to be pushing the golden hour. Wonderful.*