Rescue & Special Ops Magazine Articles

  • 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


    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

  • 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

  • Product Showcase 11/12

    Force 6 FORCE 6 Swift Water RescueTec PFD (personal floatation device) is a UL-listed and United States Coast Guard-approved Type 5 Professional Swiftwater Rescue PFD. The RescueTec PFD is feature loaded including a removable left-front pocket, dual...

    Article • November 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

  • First Due At A Trench Rescue

    The first in a series focused on the initial responders to technical rescue incidents. What do you need to know to ensure the highest probability for success on the rescue scene?

    Article • September 1st, 2012

  • The USAR Incident Support Team

    There is a common belief that the decisions made within the first five minutes will dictate how the next 24 hours will go at the scene of any emergency. Some emergencies can be considerably overwhelming to first responders, and quickly overcome the...

    Article • June 1st, 2012

  • TECHNICAL RESCUE: The "MUSCLE" Of Urban Search and Rescue

    "Rescue.” The word is one of the most widely used in the emergency services, as it has a broad variety of applications. The term refers to a response by emergency personnel to an ever-changing dynamic event that involves saving a life during an...

    Article • March 1st, 2012

  • The “Search” in Urban Search and Rescue

    Lt. Michael Daley focuses on a USAR team's search specialist and how team canines and specialized tools are combined to complete their tasks.

    Article • November 3rd, 2011

  • From Vision to Reality

      This is the second installment of a series of articles about the creation of a state-of-the-art technical rescue training center – the Monroe County, NY, Public Safety Training Facility (PSTF) – and the events that helped make the vision a...

    Article • August 30th, 2011

  • Tech Rescue: Urban Search & Rescue: Behind the Headlines

    We have all seen the images across the news: pictures of rescuers and support personnel carrying victims, both lifeless and animated, from the rubble piles of natural disasters, such as earthquakes and tornadoes, as well as acts of terrorism. This is...

    Article • August 1st, 2011

  • Exercise Orion 2010


    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • Confined-Space Rescue

      Recently, media attention has focused on some confined-space rescue operations that went wrong. From May to September 2010, three high-profile confined-space rescues resulted in three deceased civilian workers, six injured rescuers and one fatality...

    Article • February 26th, 2011

  • Cable Median Barriers — Part 2

      SUBJECT: Cable Median Barriers — Part 2 TOPIC: Cable Median Barrier Incident Procedures OBJECTIVE: Responders shall develop procedures for operations at center median incidents when a vehicle is contacting or entangled in tensioned...

    Article • February 26th, 2011