Rescue & Special Ops Web Exclusives

  • Rigging For Confined Space Operations

    Michael Donahue illustrates ideas for rigging setups at confined space incidents. With limited space available, learn how to properly prepare for rescue efforts.

    Article • July 13th, 2010

  • Hazmat in the Trenches: The HazMat IQ Revolution

    In the world of hazardous materials response and especially involving hazmat chemistry, there is a revolution occurring. It is not just a quiet revolution; in fact, it is an up-roar. Responders across the country are singing the praises of a new way to...

    Article • July 7th, 2010

  • Anchor Systems for Rescue Rope Deployments

    In the last two articles, we focused on the foundation of mechanical advantage systems (MAS). We also touched on both anchor and belay systems. By now you should have a good base of knowledge regarding these topics so we'll dive into some of them a little...

    Article • June 18th, 2010

  • Building Collapse Operations - Part 1

    Today's emergency responder will find themselves responding to a more diverse assortment of alarms. It would not be uncommon for initial responding units to find themselves "first due" to a reported structural collapse. Without proper training and...

    Article • May 20th, 2010

  • Mass Decontamination for First Responders

    This two-hour drill gives readers the understanding of the procedures for setting up mass decontamination operations.

    Article • May 18th, 2010

  • Mechanical Advantage Systems - Part 2

    As promised, in this article we will look at anchor and belay systems in relation to mechanical advantage systems (MAS). We'll also explore how to simply figure out what a mechanical advantage system's value is by simply looking at it.First, let's briefly...

    Article • April 29th, 2010

  • Establishing an Incident Command Structure at Special Operations Incidents

    The changing times in our society today has resulted in the alteration of the roles of the Nation's emergency responders. Today's rescuers can find themselves on the front lines at a Special Operations Incident. Moreover, the long-term success at these...

    Article • March 30th, 2010

  • Rescue Operations for Trench Collapse - Part 2

    Last month, we discussed the initial response, hazard recognition and mitigation points for the scene of a trench collapse. This month, we are continuing our discussion in the arenas of response size-up, various types of shoring and their applications and...

    Article • February 9th, 2010

  • Rescue Operations for Trench Collapse - Part 1

    In the past, workers and would-be rescuers have become caught and, in some cases, killed needlessly in trenches that have collapsed suddenly, and with little to no warning. It has become commonplace that the public relies a great deal on the local...

    Article • January 11th, 2010

  • Mechanical Advantage Systems - Part 1

    In the world of rope rescue, we use mechanical advantage systems really for two reasons. The first being a force increasing tool and the second, a means of reducing the weight of a load during a lowering operation. Mechanical advantage...

    Article • September 24th, 2009

  • Trics of the Trade: New Hazmat Threat Comes to the US

    A popular means of suicide, is there such a thing? Well apparently there is now.In the first six months of 2008, the press reports that in Japan more than 500 people have killed themselves using hydrogen sulfide created by mixing chemicals commonly...

    Article • December 3rd, 2008

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XXIII

    Crews were tested at two accidents, when the skin of the door peeled away from the body, causing a new challenge for extrication crews.

    Article • October 24th, 2008

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 18

    This drill continues to explore the features of the 2008 Emergency Response Guide (ERG). The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members. Sit down and talk about the exercises, and how they may...

    Article • October 13th, 2008

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XXII

    Many first responders are unaware that some car models are equipped with seat-mounted airbags can often be hidden in fold down seats.

    Article • September 15th, 2008

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 16

    The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members. Sit down and talk about the exercises, and how they may apply to your company. But, just don't read them. Get moving. Head to an appropriate...

    Article • September 14th, 2008