Rescue & Special Ops Magazine Articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hazmat Response in Kansas City, KS

      Kansas City, KS, is located at Kaw Point, the junction point of the Kansas and Missouri rivers. It is the third-largest city in Kansas and the third-largest city in the Kansas City metropolitan area, which has a population of more than 2...

    Article • January 24th, 2011

  • Cable Median Barriers – Part 1

      Subject: Cable Median Barriers – Part 1 Topic: Cable Median Barrier Incident Considerations Objective: Responders shall develop procedures for operations at center median incidents when a vehicle is contacting or entangled in tensioned...

    Article • January 24th, 2011

  • Extrication Challenges of Advanced Steel In Vehicles: Part 6

      SUBJECT: Advanced Steel TOPIC: Extrication Challenges of Advanced Steel in Vehicles — Part 6 OBJECTIVE: The vehicle rescue instructor/trainer will conduct effective training that simulates the presence of Advanced Steel in an older...

    Article • December 27th, 2010

  • Remembering the Gulf Oil Refinery Fire

    Early in the morning of Sunday, Aug. 17, 1975, a seagoing tanker was off-loading crude oil at the Gulf Oil Refinery in Philadelphia, PA, when accumulated hydrocarbon vapors ignited suddenly, starting a fire that threatened 600 storage tanks at the...

    Article • December 3rd, 2010