Notebook Nuggets: Technical Rescue Awareness – Are Your Line Units Aware of the Dangers?

Richard J. Blatus and Thomas J. Richardson continue their discussion for awareness on the fireground in this installment, which emphasizes the need to drill, train and familiarize yourself with specialized operations.


One of your engine companies receives an EMS response for an unconscious person. Upon arrival, the firefighters are confronted with a male patient almost completely buried in a construction trench with only part of his face visible. The trench is approximately 10 feet deep, four feet wide and 40...


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Thomas J. Richardson is a 23-year veteran of the fire service, currently serving the FDNY at Battalion 38 in Brooklyn. A former chief of the Deer Park, NY, Volunteer Fire Department, Chief Richardson is an adjunct instructor for the Suffolk County, NY, Fire Training Academy.