Rescue & Special Ops Magazine Articles

  • Hazmat Help Is Just A Telephone Call Away

    From train derailments, overturned tanker trucks and spills of hazardous materials to chemical fires, accidental poison ingestion, the Pentagon and World Trade Center on 9/11 and military encounters in Iraq and Afghanistan, first responders must address...

    Article • August 1st, 2013

  • Electric Plug-In Vehicle Extrication Techniques - Part 4

    SUBJECT: Electric Plug-In Vehicles TOPIC: Extrication Challenges of Electric Plug-In Vehicles OBJECTIVE: Understand any unique procedural changes necessary when accomplishing vehicle rescue tasks on an electric plug-in vehicle. TASK: Given an...

    Article • August 1st, 2013

  • University of Extrication: Electric Plug-In Vehicle Extrication Techniques Part 3

    SUBJECT: Electric Plug-In Vehicles TOPIC: Challenges of Floorpan-mounted High-voltage Batteries OBJECTIVE: Understand procedures necessary for dealing with an electric plug-in vehicle with a floorpan-mounted high-voltage battery TASK: Given an...

    Article • July 1st, 2013

  • Technical Rescue: Mud, Sweat and Cheers

    New York City has one of the oldest subway systems in the world. By miles of track and numbers of stations, it is the world’s largest. But even at that, the mass transit needs of the city are greater still.NThe need for another subway line in...

    Article • June 1st, 2013

  • Hazmat Studies: Fire and Police Combine For Hazmat Responses - Part 1

    Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, fire and police officials in Gwinnett County, GA, recognized the increased potential for foreign and domestic terrorism and saw a need to share resources, knowledge, information and experience. In 2003, fire and...

    Article • May 1st, 2013

  • Hazmat Studies: Hazmat Response In the "Research Triangle"

    Durham, NC, established in 1869 and known as the “City of Medicine,” is in the north-central part of the state on Interstates 85 and 40. The city is part of the “Research Triangle,” or “Triangle,” an area encompassing three major...

    Article • April 14th, 2013

  • University of Extrication: Lockable Hood Feature in New-Model Van

    Ron Moore provides an overview of the hood lock features on the Ford Transit Connect Utility Van.

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • Aircraft Firefighting: Dangers to Responders At General-Aviation Accidents

    Chief Todd Bane addresses the technical challenges departments face when they respond to aircraft incidents in their community.

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • University of Extrication: Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Identification

    SUBJECT: Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Identification TOPIC: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2990 Document OBJECTIVE: Understand the requirements of the newly published Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2990 document TASK: The...

    Article • February 1st, 2013

  • Technical Rescue: First Due to a Confined-Space Rescue

    Contributor Mike Daley offer insighte to the recognition and identification of confined spaces. He talks about monitoring of the atmosphere, ventilation, lockout/tagout and other important components these incidents.

    Article • January 18th, 2013

  • University of Extrication: Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Identification

    It was a simple email from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The message was short and sweet: “This notification is to inform you that document: J2990_201211 – Hybrid and EV First and Second Responder Recommended Practice has been...

    Article • January 3rd, 2013

  • Emergency Services Stretched to the Limit

    A 500-mile-wide Hurricane named Sandy caused death and destruction from the Northeast to the Great Lakes at the end of October and beginning of November 2012. One of the worst storms to hit the area in three decades, it caused the worst flooding in some...

    Article • January 1st, 2013

  • Cover Story: Hurricane Sandy: A Preliminary Report

    On Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy – a Category 1 storm – slammed into the New Jersey shore and made landfall. Winds ranged from 70 to 90 mph for many areas.   The storm surge coincided with a high tide and a full moon and caused flooding across...

    Article • December 1st, 2012


    In 1775, the military began protecting the United States from its foreign enemies. It has been almost 200 years since an invading army has penetrated the country’s shores. This has been due to the devotion to duty, self-sacrifice and sense of...

    Article • December 1st, 2012

  • University of Extrication: Vehicle Telematics Systems

    In the Introduction to OnStar column (see the October issue), we were provided with an overview of this vehicle communications system owned by General Motors (GM). In this column, we will take a closer look at how the telematics system works and what...

    Article • November 1st, 2012