Rescue & Special Ops Magazine Articles

  • Operating a High Line Rope-Rescue System

    The high line system has several uses in rope rescues. It can be used for both high- and low-angle applications. It can be used to extricate victims from or move resources into high-rise structures where elevators and stairways are not an option. It...

    Article • December 3rd, 2010

  • Confined-Space Rescue

    May 8, 2010, Middletown, OH — A worker conducting a non-entry inspection of a manhole is incapacitated and falls into the hole. Moments later, two firefighters lower their captain into the hole to conduct the rescue. All three firefighters are...

    Article • December 3rd, 2010

  • The Science of Tower Rescue and the Art of Multiple Agency Cooperation

    In the very best of scenarios, tower rescue for the professional can be a daunting task. But the obvious dangers of extreme height, high voltage, microwave radiation, radio-frequency exposure and gusting winds pale in comparison to what many responders...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • HAITI: A Moving Mission: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Aids Its Caribbean Neighbor

    It was a Tuesday afternoon on January 12, 2010, and while most of the school kids in the U.S. were getting ready to end their day, students in Haiti were in the middle of their school session. In just a few seconds, an already impoverished nation would...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • TUNNEL Training

    There is an old saying that's famous in the music world: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice." It is the same in the fire and emergency services. Unless you are well drilled in the talents of your trade, you stand a great...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • Texas Pipeline Explosion Challenges Rural Responders

    Explosions of natural gas pipelines are unexpected, violent, and frequently result in significant loss of lives and property. They can occur anytime, anyplace on land and at sea. An Internet sampling found the following: On March 18, 1937, a natural...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • Total Sidewall Removal

    SUBJECT: Total Sidewall Removal TOPIC: "Blowing Out the B-Pillar" Evolution OBJECTIVE: Remove both doors and B-pillar on one side of a four-door vehicle TASK: Given a simulation of two jammed doors on one side of a four-door vehicle, the entire sidewall...

    Article • May 27th, 2010

  • On The Job: ILLINOIS

    On Friday, June 19, 2009, a Canadian National freight train derailed and caught fire in Cherry Valley, IL. The train consisted of two engines, one car carrying scrap metal, one empty liquid tank car, 36 empty cars, one car carrying gravel and 74 tank...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • Ethanol — Part 3: Transit and Fixed Facilities

    This is the final installment of a three-part series about ethanol and reviews hazards and firefighter response procedures for ethanol emergencies in transportation and at fixed facilities. Emergency responders have been dealing with spills and fires...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • Door-Hinge Design

    SUBJECT:Door-Hinge DesignTOPIC: Understanding Door-Hinge Design and Effective Door-Removal Techniques OBJECTIVE: Given a vehicle door that is opened and required to be removed from a crash-damaged vehicle, the rescuer will recognize the specific...

    Article • May 5th, 2010

  • Hood Forcible Entry

    SUBJECT:Extrication Skills ScenarioTOPIC: Hood Forcible Entry OBJECTIVE: Given an acquired junk vehicle and tools and equipment carried by the department, the rescuer will develop alternative techniques for forcing entry on a closed and latched vehicle...

    Article • March 31st, 2010

  • The Fog of Disaster: Into Haiti With Two Tampa Fire USAR Members

    As the four-engine C-130s began spooling up their massive 4,591-hp power plants, spinning six-bladed props that sliced through the unusually chilly morning air in South Florida, the 80-member Florida Task Force 2 had already secured their semi-trailers...

    Article • March 3rd, 2010

  • Working With Outside Agencies

    Planning and executing a viable and appealing training program is a daunting task. Funding and time are always in short supply and generating interest in the same old, routine subjects can be difficult. One way to counteract this is to work with...

    Article • March 3rd, 2010

  • The Scarab Rescue Tool

    One of the neat things about rope rescue is that it takes a creative mind to make it work. I mean no disrespect to my fire suppression brethren (and sisteren), where things are driven by standard operating guidelines (SOGs) and procedures — at least...

    Article • March 3rd, 2010

  • Battery and Electrical System Management

    SUBJECT: Battery and Electrical System Management TOPIC: Battery Shutdown Protocol OBJECTIVE: The rescue team shall develop a set of standardized procedures for safe and effective shutdown of a fire or crash-damaged vehicles' electrical system based...

    Article • March 3rd, 2010