Rescue & Special Ops Magazine Articles

  • Dynamite Truck Collides With Fuel Oil Tanker

    A straight truck carrying dynamite and an empty fuel oil tanker truck collided early one July morning in a rural area southeast of Richland Center, WI. The driver of the explosives truck died at the scene; the two other men with him were transported to...

    Article • February 28th, 1997

  • University of Extrication: Introduction And Orientation

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    Article • February 28th, 1997

  • High-Rise Rescue

    Joseph V. Brocato describes how with the advent of high-rise construction, fire departments have created teams for challenging fires and rescues.

    Article • February 28th, 1997

  • Chemical Warfare Agents

    The Sarin gas attack that occurred in a Tokyo subway in 1994 and an earlier such terrorist incident in Matsumoto, Japan, added a new dimension to the threat of chemical agents. In the hands of terrorists, these agents pose a real threat to the population...

    Article • January 31st, 1997

  • Preparation Pays Off At Thionyl Chloride Emergency

    Seasoned responders are usually on the lookout for Murphy's Law at emergencies. What can go wrong quite often does go wrong and that is why we are called for help. But old Murphy took a day off at a hazardous material incident in northeastern Wisconsin...

    Article • December 31st, 1996

  • "Hot Zone" Rescue

    Kevin Johnson discusses some causes of responder collapses at hazmat scenes and techniques involved with rescuing incapacitated responders.

    Article • November 30th, 1996

  • Cryogenic Liquids

    Cryogenic liquefied gases are very cold liquids. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) defines a cryogenic liquid, sometimes referred to as a "refrigerated liquid," as any liquid with a boiling point below -130 degrees Fahrenheit. Other sources list...

    Article • November 30th, 1996

  • A Surprise Down The Chimney

    The end result of a civilian running along the rooftops of attached buildings on a winter night was the Philadelphia Fire Depart-ment Communications Center dispatching Ladder Company 1, Battalion 3, Rescue Company 1 and a medic unit to a three-story brick...

    Article • November 30th, 1996

  • Hazmat Triage

    Bob Harty explains how to categorize patients and what to do if they are involved in a hazmat emergency.

    Article • November 30th, 1996

  • High Angle Rescue Attempt 240 Feet Above The Water

    On May 5, 1996, two members of a maintenance crew subcontracted to the New Jersey Transit Co. began a routine painting job high atop the Passaic Avenue rail bridge. That job would become anything but routine that afternoon, when an accident required a...

    Article • October 31st, 1996

  • Confined Space Rescue Operations

    Fred Endrikat discusses the importance of being informed, properly trained and equipped when conducting a confined space rescue.

    Article • October 1st, 1996

  • Marine Rescue Is Their Specialty

    Chris Bengivengo describes the difficulties in being part of a dive rescue team.

    Article • October 1st, 1996

  • Aircraft Incidents: Looking For The Answers

    Joseph Louderback shows the rigors involved in testing aircraft “black boxes.”

    Article • September 1st, 1996

  • Methylene Chloride Leak: Stoughton, WI

    Major emergencies require response agencies work together. Hazardous material incidents are no different. This was evident in Stoughton, WI, on Dec. 2, 1993. While this incident was not major and no injuries were reported, it shows how well an emergency...

    Article • August 1st, 1996

  • High Angle Rescue At Kansas Reservoir

    On the afternoon of Oct. 25, 1995, at least one Cherryvale, KS, workman was very glad that local firefighters had become interested in high angle rescue techniques. At about 2 P.M., the man was working for a contractor, cleaning and repairing a dam...

    Article • August 1st, 1996