Rescue & Special Ops Magazine Articles

  • Vehicle Lock-Ins

    Subject: Vehicle Lock-Ins Topic: Protocols for Vehicle Lock-In Incidents Objective: Review the life-threatening hazards associated with a child locked inside a vehicle and train on department procedures for accessing a simulated patient in this...

    Article • July 1st, 2006

  • Collision Size-Up

    SUBJECT: Collision Size-Up TOPIC: Developing a Rescue Action Plan for Hard-impact Side Collisions OBJECTIVE: Given a vehicle with collision damage to one side and the simulation of a person trapped, the rescuer will develop an action plan for...

    Article • June 1st, 2006

  • Hazmat Response in Yuma: Protecting An Oasis in the Arizona Desert

    The City of Yuma is located in extreme southwestern Arizona on the Colorado River, near the California border and just a few miles from Mexico. Although situated in the vast Arizona desert, Yuma sits atop an old river bed, which accounts for its rich...

    Article • May 1st, 2006

  • Vehicle Windshields & "Spider Webs"

    SUBJECT: Vehicle Windshields TOPIC: Windshield Crash Damage and "Spider Webs" OBJECTIVE: Responders will be able to assess the condition of the vehicle windshield and determine if the pattern of laminated glass breakage indicates a...

    Article • May 1st, 2006

  • Steerng Column: Part 3 - Side-Resting Vehicle Column Evolutions

    Subject: Steering Column Topic: Steering Column: Part 3 – Side-resting Vehicle Column Evolutions Objective: Given the scenario of a driver trapped in a side-resting vehicle, driver’s-side down, the rescue team will...

    Article • March 31st, 2006

  • Successful Foam Applications: More Than Just Good Luck

    Dominic Colletti continues the discussion on foam operations and offers useful tips to reduce problems and increase successful fire stops.

    Article • February 28th, 2006

  • Fire & Hazmat Crews Respond to Fire on Container Ship

    Elizabeth, NJ, Jan. 13, 2006 - At 2:31 P.M., Elizabeth Fire Dispatch transmitted Box 6833 for a reported fire on a container ship, the Horizon Hawaii, at Sealand Marine Terminal Berth 96. Port Elizabeth is one of the largest shipping ports in the world. A...

    Article • February 28th, 2006

  • New Orleans Fire Department Hazmat Response Following Katrina

    News media personnel, emergency responders and others have said that you cannot appreciate the devastation in New Orleans from news footage and photos. What an understatement, as I learned when I visited New Orleans on Dec. 23, 2005, to talk with...

    Article • February 28th, 2006

  • Steering Column Operations: Part 2 - Rack-and-Pinion Design Features

    Subject: Steering Column Topic: Steering Column: Part 2 - Rack-and-Pinion Steering Column Design Features Objective: Identify by name the design and major components of vehicle steering columns and explain how these features...

    Article • February 28th, 2006

  • Hazmat Team Spotlight: San Diego Fire Department

    Located on the Pacific Coast in the southwest corner of Southern California, San Diego is the sixth-largest city in the U.S. and the second largest in the state. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department provides fire, rescue, hazardous materials, EMS and...

    Article • January 31st, 2006

  • Chemical Hazards, Exposure Concerns At Oklahoma City Oil Warehouse Fire

    Larry Hansen and Jay K. Bradish report on a five-alarm hazardous materials fire that destroyed a one-story building in Oklahoma City.

    Article • January 31st, 2006

  • Steering Column Operations: Part 1 - Design Features

    Subject: Steering Column Operations Topic: Steering Column: Part 1 - Standard Steering Column Design Features Objective: Identify by name the design and major components of vehicle steering columns and explain how these...

    Article • January 31st, 2006

  • California Swift Water Flood Rescue Teams Respond to New Orleans

    Harold Schapelhouman, division chief/Special Operations with Menlo Park, CA, Fire Protection District, details the response of three Swift Water Rescue Teams from Northern California.

    Article • December 31st, 2005

  • NFPA 1670 Vehicle Rescue: Technician-Level Competencies - Part 7

    Subject: NFPA 1670 Vehicle Rescue, Technician-level Skills and Competencies Topic: Advanced Hands-on Training Skill: Vehicle Underride Objective: Create an extrication pathway to allow for removal of a simulated patient from a...

    Article • December 31st, 2005

  • Subaru Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame

    Subject: Subaru Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame Topic: Design and construction of Subaru Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame Objective: Develop an action plan for extrication tasks requiring removal of select model Subaru...

    Article • November 30th, 2005