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  • Selecting and Training Technical Rescue Team Personnel

    This is Part 3 of my five-part series on the development of a technical rescue team. The focus of this article is the selection of potential team members, the requirements they must meet, and how to properly equip your team’s members.

    Article • June 10th, 2014

  • The Initial Phases of Developing a Specialized Rescue Team

    Firehouse Technical Rescue Editor Bob Duemmel outlines the first two phases that fire departments need to consider when trying to establish a technical rescue team.

    Article • April 29th, 2014

  • A Blueprint for Success to Developing a Technical Rescue Team

    This is the first of a five-part series on the development of a technical rescue team. The focus of this segment will be on asking the tough questions when you decide to take on a project of this magnitude.

    Article • March 10th, 2014

  • Firehouse Weekly Drill No. 147 - Water Rescues

    Every fire department in the country can be confronted with a water rescue; the real question is, “Is your department prepared to handle it?”

    Article • March 9th, 2014

  • Heavy Lifting: Tactics for Under-ride Rescues

    Under-ride incidents involving heavy commercial vehicles can pose any number of challenges for first responders. Michael Daley explores the types of vehicles you can encounter and victim removal techniques.

    Article • December 9th, 2013

  • CDP Updates its Technical Emergency Response Training

    The Center for Domestic Preparedness' Technical Emergency Response Training (TERT) course provides realistic training for biological, radiological, chemical and other threats.

    Article • May 2nd, 2013

  • What First Responders Need to Know About Ammonium Nitrate

    Firehouse Hazmat Editor Robert Burke shares some information that is vital to responders at incidents involving ammonium nitrate. The article looks at a number of serious blasts and provides some vital response information.

    Article • April 19th, 2013

  • Air-Bag Operations – Part 5: Placing the System Into Operation

    The fifth segment in the series on air-bag operations addresses the factors associated with stacking air bags, proper placement and procedures for assembling the system for a safe lifting operation.

    Article • March 11th, 2013

  • Download: Weekly Drill 98 - Ropes & Knots Part 1

    Drill #98: Ropes & Knots: Part 1 The fire service uses a plethora of different tools. One that is often overlooked, but worth its weight in gold, is the rope. In Part 1, readers will learn about the variety of materials being used for fire service...

    Article • December 23rd, 2012

  • Fear of Change Hampers Our Ability To Progress in Technical Rescue

    Having taught for some time, you realize fear of change is linked to the fear or feeling of not being able to perform that skill or method. You get so accustomed to performing the same skill set almost on auto pilot that the thought of losing that feeling...

    Article • December 10th, 2012

  • Air-Bag Operations – Part 4: Size-up & Initial Operations

    Proper size-up is critically important for a successful operation involving an air-bag lift. Jon Hall shares these initial actions will help prevent further injury to the victim and will make for a safer and more efficient operation.

    Article • December 10th, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 95 - MSDS Part 2

    Drill #95: The MSDS: Part 2 One of the rare, but welcomed pieces of information at a Hazardous Material incident is the material safety data sheet (MSDS). The MSDS is comprised of 16 sections that will assist you in managing the incident and keeping...

    Article • December 2nd, 2012

  • Air-Bag Operations – Part 3: Cribbing Skills

    Any time an air-bag lift is performed, cribbing is a necessary part of the operation.  Cribbing is a temporary framework, usually constructed of timbers, that provides a solid base of support to material above.  This framework provides the means to...

    Article • November 21st, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 94 - The MSDS: Part 1

    Drill #94: The MSDS: Part 1 One of the rare, but welcomed pieces of information at a Hazardous Material incident is the material safety data sheet (MSDS). The MSDS is comprised of 16 sections that will assist you in managing the incident and keeping...

    Article • November 19th, 2012

  • Air Bag Operations – Part 2: The Science of Lifting

    Air bag lifting capacity is based on simple physics. The operating pressure of the bag, in pounds per square inch (PSI), is multiplied over the entire surface area of the bag to equal lifting force. This article aims to explain how to calculate the air...

    Article • October 16th, 2012

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