Rescue & Special Ops Magazine Articles

  • 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

  • Airbag Identification - Part 1

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    Article • October 1st, 1998

  • Concept Vehicles: The 2000 Model Year

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    Article • August 1st, 1998

  • Acid Cargo Tank Overturns On Highway

    An estimated 3,500 gallons of sulfuric acid was safely unloaded from a highway acid cargo tank, with no injuries, after it overturned on a central Arizona highway enroute to a copper mine. Company officials from the trucking company that owned the tank...

    Article • August 1st, 1998

  • The Kingman Rail Car BLEVE

    Twenty-five years have passed since a railroad tank car carrying propane exploded in Kingman, AZ. Robert Burke revisits the incident and discusses what lessons (if any) were learned.

    Article • July 1st, 1998

  • Building Collapse Rescue: Operational Considerations

    Although there has been recent development of new equipment that has made a significant improvement in how building collapse rescue operations are resolved, the strategy and tactics of the collapse rescue operational plan that we use today can be traced...

    Article • July 1st, 1998

  • Pickup Truck Rescue

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    Article • July 1st, 1998

  • "Street Chemistry" For Emergency Responders (Part 7)

    To this point, most of the discussions of "Street Chemistry" have centered on the chemical characteristics of hazardous materials. This column will begin looking at the physical characteristics of some these materials; it could be called "Street...

    Article • July 1st, 1998

  • University Of Extrication

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    Article • June 1st, 1998

  • Truck Hauling Hazardous Waste Smashes Into Highway Bridge

    Half of the roof and one side of a 45-foot semi-trailer were ripped off when the vehicle, loaded with 55-gallon drums of hazardous waste, smashed into a bridge on Interstate 40 outside of Flagstaff, AZ. Dozens of the drums were heavily damaged in the...

    Article • June 1st, 1998

  • Anatomy Of A Hoax

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    Article • May 1st, 1998

  • "Street Chemistry" For Emergency Responders - Part 7

    The past two "Street Chemistry" columns have focused on basic groups of hydrocarbon-derivative compounds. Rules for naming and identifying the families and determining the hazards have been mostly straightforward. Photo by Robert Burke...

    Article • May 1st, 1998

  • Minivan Crash Tests

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    Article • November 30th, 1997

  • Wisconsin Accident Claims 8 Lives

    Firefighters and EMS responders dispatched to a report of a one-car accident on an icy Wisconsin highway arrived to find something much worse: a chain-reaction accident involving two tractor-trailer trucks, one straight truck and two vans. Seven of the 13...

    Article • November 30th, 1997

  • Hazmat Size-Up

    Dan Pontecorvo offers first responders six clues to help detect hazardous materials.

    Article • November 30th, 1997