Rescue & Special Ops Magazine Articles

  • Ethanol — Part 2: The Manufacturing Facility

    Ethanol (ethyl alcohol) is the alcohol used to create beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages. Ethanol is also produced as an alternative fuel to gasoline. In the U.S., more than 9 billion gallons of ethanol fuel is produced annually. Ethanol is...

    Article • March 3rd, 2010

  • Rescue Squad Takes on Fire Duty

    In this era of tightening budgets, consolidation of services and, as part of the never-ending quest to provide the 911 caller with the quickest, most effective service possible, we frequently hear or read about fire departments that assume...

    Article • March 3rd, 2010

  • Hybrid Vehicle Emergencies: Honda Insight

    SUBJECT: Hybrid Vehicle Emergencies TOPIC: 2010-model Honda Insight Gasoline-electric Hybrid OBJECTIVE: Given a 2010-model Honda Insight vehicle at a new-car dealership for inspection, the rescue team will study and be able to identify relevant vehicle...

    Article • February 3rd, 2010

  • Intracoastal Waterway Accident Challenges Florida Rescuers

    St. Johns County, FL, Fire Rescue (SJCFR) was presented with challenges it never faced before. An overloaded 22-foot Crownline Bowrider with 14 people on board rammed a moored, unoccupied tugboat on the Intracoastal Waterway about one mile north of the...

    Article • November 4th, 2009

  • Extrication Tactics For "Energized" Vehicles

    SUBJECT: Electrical System Shutdown TOPIC: Extrication Tactics for "Energized" Vehicles OBJECTIVE: Given a scenario involving a person trapped in a vehicle that has its battery located inside the passenger compartment, the rescue team will develop a...

    Article • November 4th, 2009

  • Hazmat Response On the "Big Island" of Hawaii

     Hawaii County, sometimes referred to as the "Big Island," is the easternmost county in the State of Hawaii. It covers an area of 5,087 square miles, but is still growing because of lava-flow activity from the Kilauea Volcano. The island of Hawaii is the...

    Article • July 22nd, 2009

  • Interstate Mutual Aid for New York Construction Storehouse Fire

    Shortly after 8 P.M. on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, the Suffern, NY, Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at Washington Avenue and Washington Circle in the downtown area of the village. The initial response also included a heavy rescue...

    Article • June 1st, 2009

  • Extrication Challenges of Advanced Steel in Vehicles: Part 2 - Advanced Steel

    THE SERIES... Part 1: More SteelPart 2: Advanced SteelPart 3: Cutting ToolsPart 4: Power CuttersPart 5: New Rescue Techniques SUBJECT: Advanced Steel TOPIC: Extrication Challenges of Advanced Steel in Vehicles: Part 2 OBJECTIVE: The rescuer will...

    Article • June 1st, 2009

  • Lifting Heavy Loads - Part 7

    SUBJECT: Lifting Heavy Loads, Part 7 TOPIC: NFPA 1670 Technician-level Joint Fire/Rescue and Tow Truck Training OBJECTIVE: Rescue personnel shall become familiar with the application of commercial heavy wreckers and recovery services to assist at...

    Article • April 1st, 2009

  • Tactical Ventilation In Hazmat Responses

    Firefighting and hazardous materials responses have much in common when it comes to tactical approaches, and this is especially true as far as ventilation is concerned. The importance of ventilating a building for fire attack is a high priority for...

    Article • April 1st, 2009

  • Hazmat Response In the Black Hills Of South Dakota

    Rapid City is the second-largest city in South Dakota, with more than 69,000 residents. In addition to the resident population, Rapid City is also a major tourist destination with tens of thousands of people visiting during the tourist season. The city...

    Article • February 28th, 2009

  • Lifting Heavy Loads - Part 6

    SUBJECT: Lifting Heavy Loads - Part 6 TOPIC: Safety When Lifting Heavy Loads OBJECTIVE: Understand necessary safety considerations when lifting heavy loads TASK: Given various scenarios where lifting of a heavy load is required, list...

    Article • February 28th, 2009

  • Lifting Heavy Loads - Part 5

    SUBJECT: Lifting Heavy Loads, Part 5 TOPIC: Flat-Form Bags OBJECTIVE: Understand the function and application of high-pressure "flat-form" airbags TASK: Understand the unique operational differences between lifting a heavy load with...

    Article • January 31st, 2009

  • Philadelphia's Hazmat Team: On Duty at Eagles Football Games

    Behind the Scenes for Preparations and Operations at "The Linc" While fans are busy tailgating and preparing for a National Football League game at "The Linc," home of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team...

    Article • December 31st, 2008

  • Lifting Heavy Loads - Part 4

    SUBJECT: Lifting Heavy Loads - Part 4 TOPIC: High-Pressure Airbags OBJECTIVE: Understand Fundamental Lifting Principles and Practices of High-Pressure Airbags TASK: Given a heavy object, the rescue team shall lift and stabilize the object...

    Article • December 31st, 2008