Rescue & Special Ops Magazine Articles

  • 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

  • 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