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  • The Street Chemist - Part 3

    The first two installments of The Street Chemist dealt with the atom, the basic building block of our World, as we know it and the Periodic Table and Elements, which make up everything on Earth.

    Article • December 9th, 2001

  • The Street Chemist - Part 2

    All things on earth are made up of the elements or combinations of elements found on the Periodic Table. The atom, which was discussed in the previous section, is the smallest form in which an element can exist.

    Article • November 9th, 2001

  • The Street Chemist - Part 1

    Most emergency responders cringe at the thought of chemistry. Nonetheless, knowledge of basic chemistry is necessary to deal effectively with hazardous materials in emergency response.

    Article • October 9th, 2001

  • Phases Of Rescue - Part II

    The "Phases of Rescue" drill program is presented to serve as a standardized national model for extrication training and team evaluation.

    Article • October 1st, 2000

  • A Lesson For Keokuk - From Air France

    Many months ago, we wrote a scathing piece of commentary about a sad situation that took place in the heartland of this great nation. I am referring to the shabby treatment of the survivors of those brave firefighters that died serving their community.

    Article • July 29th, 2000

  • How To Open Jammed Doors

    Response personnel shall explain how to utilize the collision beam of a door to reduce the overall time required to open a jammed door.Subject:  Opening Jammed Doors Topic:  Door Collision Beams Objective:  Response personnel shall explain how to...

    Article • April 1st, 2000

  • Cordless Reciprocating Saws - Part 1

    Understand 18-volt cordless reciprocating saw features & functions.Subject:  Cordless Reciprocating Saws, Part 1Topic:  Features of cordless reciprocating saws

    Article • November 1st, 1999

  • How To Decipher Vehicle Identification Numbers

    Understand How to Determine Vehicle Model Year From VIN 10th Character Code.SUBJECT:  Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)TOPIC:  Determining Vehicle Model Year and Manufacture

    Article • October 1st, 1999

  • Pre-Tensioner Systems: Design & Function

    Subject: Supplemental Restraint Systems Topic: Seatbelt Pre-tensioners Objective: Understand the design and function of seatbelt pre-tensioner systems. Task: While visually inspecting a current model-year vehicle selected from the...

    Article • September 1st, 1999

  • The 1999 Hand Tool Utilization Challenge

    Select five hand tools to complete vehicle rescue tasks.

    Article • August 1st, 1999

  • Vehicle Stabilization - Part 2

    Understand the principle of "tensioned" buttress stabilization.Subject:  Vehicle Stabilization, Part 2Topic:  "Tensioned" Buttress StabilizationObjective:  Understand tensioned buttress vehicle stabilization systemsTask:  Review the operation of two...

    Article • April 1st, 1999

  • Basic Firefighting: Ground Ladders

    The student will demonstrate a basic understanding of ground ladder operations, positioning fire streams with ladders, carrying ground ladders, raising ground ladders, and climbing ground ladders. Session Reference: 2 Topic: Basic...

    Article • February 1st, 1999

  • Volkswagon's New Beetle

    Subject: Volkswagon's New Bettle 1998 Topic: Features of the New Beetle Objective: Understand the Safety Features and Crashworthiness of the New Volkswagon Beetle Task: List the location of all features of the Beetle that influence rescue...

    Article • September 1st, 1998

  • Pickup Truck Crash Testing

    Rescue personnel will relate the results of crash testing of the real world responses to pickup truck crash scenerios.

    Article • July 1st, 1998

  • Pickup Truck Training Opportunities

    Rescue personnel will understand the procedures necessary to preplan and prepare for pickup truck rescue training.

    Article • June 1st, 1998