Rescue & Special Ops Magazine Articles

  • The Anatomy Of A Street Sweeper

    In the early morning of Aug. 10, 1998, Rescue 1 and Engine Company 6 of the Syracuse, NY, Fire Department were dispatched to a reported car-pedestrian accident. What they found presented a challenge not addressed in any textbook. Diagram by...

    Article • May 1st, 1999

  • Vehicle Stabilization - Part 2

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    Article • March 31st, 1999

  • Plastics & Polymerization: What Firefighters Need To Know

    Plastics have been around for more than 100 years. The first plastic developed was cellulose nitrate, which was a replacement for ivory in billiard balls. Since World War II, however, the plastics industry has been one of the fastest developing...

    Article • February 28th, 1999

  • Worker Trapped At Construction Site

    "HazMat 17. Show this unit responding to the confined space rescue." Captain Jeff Strickland, officer-in-charge of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Technical Rescue Bureau, overheard these words on the radio while in the middle of a telephone conversation...

    Article • February 28th, 1999

  • Stabilization: Part 1

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    Article • February 28th, 1999

  • On The Job - Alabama: Trench Collapse

    150 Rescue Workers From 14 Agencies Work For 11 Hours At Dothan Trench Collapse Dennis L. Rubin gives a detailed account of an unusual trench rescue and discusses the problems firefighters faced both during and after the incident.

    Article • February 28th, 1999

  • Side-Impact Airbag Identification

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    Article • January 31st, 1999

  • Keeping Pace With The Challenge of Chemical Terrorism

    Bob Stephan and Ted Jarboe offer suggestions on how to streamline your hazmat team's ready-for-entry time.

    Article • January 31st, 1999

  • Safety Features Of 1999 Volvo S80 Sedan

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    Article • December 31st, 1998

  • Hazmat Response In Philadelphia

    The City of Philadelphia, with a heavy chemical-industry presence on its south and east sides, takes a proactive approach to hazardous-materials response. While some emergency response organizations have scaled back and even eliminated some levels of...

    Article • December 31st, 1998

  • Embassy Bombing

    After the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, was bombed, Virginia Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 was assembled within five hours for a flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Mike Regan and Bob Dubé provide a first-hand account of rescue...

    Article • December 31st, 1998

  • Airbag Identification - Part 3

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    Article • November 30th, 1998

  • Rock Quarry Rescue

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    Article • October 31st, 1998

  • "Scanning" for Airbags - Part 2

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    Article • October 31st, 1998

  • Chemical Safety Board Goes To Work

    Most emergency responders are familiar with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is charged with investigating transportation incidents in this country to increase safety in all modes of transportation. Whenever an accident occurs...

    Article • October 31st, 1998