Bob Duemmel is the technical rescue editor for Firehouse Magazine and Firehouse.com. He is also the deputy coordinator for Special Operations in Monroe County, N.Y. and a Captain with the City of Rochester Fire Department. Bob's involvement in technical rescue is very diverse. He is the Plans Manager for New York Task Force-2 USAR Team, a member of the Western New York Incident Management Team and a member of the New York State Technical Rescue curriculum development team. He is a nationally certified instructor with a focus on technical rescue programs. He has delivered training to fire service, industrial, military and international rescue teams and has assisted with exercise evaluation for the United Kingdom and the European Union's USAR program. Bob has also participated in numerous USAR exercised as both a participant and evaluator. He is host of “The Buzz on Technical Rescue” podcast. Bob can be reached at email@example.com.
Bob Duemmel provides offers an explanation of resource typing and how it relates to your technical rescue team. The article focuses on team capabilities and its relationship to how a team is measured in specific areas of their response grouping.
Budget cuts and fiscal challenges have impacted all emergency responders across the country. As more and more is being asked of the men and women who serve and protect our communities, these same individuals are being told that their funding is being...
Bob Duemmel explains some relatively quick actions you can take when arriving at a technical rescue scene. Information collection is a critical piece of this puzzle and the ICS 201 incident briefing form tracks critical data.
Kevin Romer, product specialist at T & R Rescue Solutions, talks about how first responders can safely and successfully operate at incidents which require lifting and stabilization of large equipment and vehicles.
My most recent article looks at alternative methods for obtaining those seldom used but highly valuable pieces of equipment in your community. Heavy wreckers, vacuum trucks, and other unique equipment are explored.
Mark Gregory helps you answer the question: is your department ready to respond to one of these incidents? Gregory reviews multiple techniques to assist the responder when called to service at a man vs. machinery incident.
Steve Fleming, owner of Technical Rescue Systems, shares information about the challenges of working on multiple types of towers. Fleming also highlights some of the changes found in the new NFPA rescue standard.
This is the first of a five-part series on the development of a technical rescue team. The focus of this segment will be on asking the tough questions when you decide to take on a project of this magnitude.
Todd Fetters and I talk about some of the changes in USAR training and other updates regarding disaster responses. We also take a look at some of the new technologies that are hitting the market and how they impact a team’s response.
On April 6, the Newark, NJ, Fire Department’s Special Operations Division joined with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to host a one day drill for emergency responders.
Firefighters from Essex, Hudson, Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Union...
Firehouse Technical Rescue Editor Bob Duemmel compiled these new and innovative products for rescue operations while attending FDIC in April.
RS-11 Monster Mini
The new RS-11 Monster Mini Spreader from Champion Rescue Tools is truly a...
Each year, the expansion of the technical rescue segment provides more knowledge for our readers and listeners. Listed are a few of the topic areas that you will be seeing during the coming year.
• Early 2013 and 2012 have providing another wave of...
The San Diego Harbor Police Department has a distinction that most law enforcement agencies don’t have: marine firefighters. All of their officers are cross-trained to meet firefighter standards and assist with rescue incidents.
Join Host Bob Duemmel and Chief Master Sergeant Daryl Cook as they discuss how military assets are being trained to assist State Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) teams when disaster strikes. Cook is the fire protection manager for the 145th Airlift Wing...