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  • Product Showcase: Specialized Rescue Tools, Equipment & Supplies

    Footage Rescue Products  Footage Rescue Products manufactures the AutoStrut vehicle stabilization system. The AutoStrut system is the fastest and most secure vehicle stabilization system in the industry. This system was developed by firefighters...

    Article • September 1st, 2014

  • ISO Implements Changes In Fire Suppression Ratings - Part 2

    In this, the second installment in a multi-part series of columns, I met with Bob Andrews, vice president and chief operations officer of community hazard mitigation services at ISO, to discuss newly implemented changes to the Fire Suppression Rating...

    Article • July 1st, 2014

  • For Firefighters, Rope Shouldn't Be A 4-Letter Word

    Mike Daley focuses on the need to remain proficient with the ropes we utilize in the fire service. He reviews the safety rules when working around rope, how to select the proper rope for your intended use, and how to care for and inspect this valuable...

    Article • June 1st, 2014

  • University of Extrication: Interior Dash-Rolling Evolution

    SUBJECT: Dash and Instrument Panel Movement TOPIC: Interior Dash-Rolling Evolution OBJECTIVE: Understand Procedures Necessary to Accomplish an Interior Dash-Rolling Evolution TASK: Given a late-model vehicle with the simulation of front-seat...

    Article • May 1st, 2014

  • A Disturbing Trend: Disabling Seatbelt Alarms

    In recent years, the U.S. line-of-duty-death rate has dropped below 100 firefighters per year and has stayed there. This is very good news. However, the second-leading cause of firefighter deaths after heart attacks and stress are firefighters dying in...

    Article • May 1st, 2014

  • Technical Rescue: Assignment: KOSOVO: Part 1

    In May 2013, I was approached by an old friend who wanted to know if I would be interested in joining a three person team that would be assisting the military of the new nation of Kosovo in building an urban search and rescue (USAR) team. I jumped...

    Article • March 1st, 2014

  • University of Extrication: Advanced Steels: Part 8

    In the November 2013 University of Extrication column, we looked at the various shapes and designs that auto manufacturers are using for advanced steels inside the structure of their vehicles. It was mentioned that a very difficult design to cut through...

    Article • February 1st, 2014

  • Cover Story: 3 Firefighters, 5 Residents Injured in L.A. High-Rise Fire

    LOS ANGELES, CA, OCT. 18, 2013 – A fire in a 25-story high-rise apartment building in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles sent eight people including three firefighters, to the hospital. Numerous residents of the 11th and 12th floors were unable to...

    Article • February 1st, 2014

  • Commercial Aircraft Rescue

    The past two articles regarding aircraft rescue operations and structural fire departments – “Aircraft Rescue & Structural Fire Departments” in the November 2012 issue of Firehouse ® Magazine and “Dangers to Responders at General-Aviation...

    Article • January 1st, 2014

  • Commercial Aircraft sidebar: Indiana Firefighters Respond to Jet Crash

    SOUTH BEND, IN, MARCH 19, 2013 – At approximately 4:30 P.M., the South Bend Fire Department was notified by the South Bend Airport Authority of an inbound jet experiencing landing gear issues. The fire department has a mutual aid agreement with the...

    Article • January 1st, 2014

  • First Due to a Building Collapse

    Michael Daley offers an overview of steps that should be taken by a first arriving company at a building collapse. Incident management and collapse types are also reviewed.

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • University of Extrication: Law Enforcement Vehicles

    A vehicle crash scene, especially one involving the extrication of an occupant, can be challenging enough for a rescue crew. One involving an injured police officer (worse yet, trapped inside a patrol vehicle) can become a particularly difficult incident...

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • Hazmat: Understanding Ammonium Nitrate

    mmonium nitrate fertilizer, chemically classified as an oxidizer, is commonly used in agriculture and for commercial and residential turf grass. Approximately 7 million tons of ammonium nitrate are produced annually in the U.S. and, under normal...

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • Disaster Response: Commanding the Storm – Part 1

    ay 20, 2013, is a date many Oklahomans will remember for a long time. While responders in central Oklahoma were gearing up for what would be the third major tornado to hit sections of Moore and south Oklahoma City, many first responders were still...

    Article • December 1st, 2013

  • University of Extrication: Shapes of Advanced Steels in Vehicles

    SUBJECT: Advanced Steels, Part 7 TOPIC: Shapes of Advanced Steels in Vehicles OBJECTIVE : Understand the various design shapes of advanced steels in a vehicle’s structure TASK: The rescue team shall study various shapes, forms and designs of...

    Article • November 1st, 2013

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