Rescue & Special Ops Web Exclusives

  • From Vision to Reality - Part 1

    Working together has become a template for success in one county in upstate New York. Even with the challenges of shrinking budgets, members of the Monroe County fire service keep moving into the future by embracing the concept of working as partners...

    Article • June 14th, 2011

  • Hazmat in the Trenches: Deer in the Headlights

    Over the years, as I would train new people, and even conduct the training for long-time team members I would frequently run into hazmat team personnel who had the proverbial appearance of the “deer in the headlights” look. I surmised this was for...

    Article • April 27th, 2011

  • Shoring Systems for Structural Collapse - Part 2

    In Part 2, we’ll focus on a few more shoring systems and attain a greater understanding of this type of operation. The first system we’ll look at is the Window/Door Shore. This shore can be built two different ways. One will allow for access to the...

    Article • April 22nd, 2011

  • Confined-Space Rescue - Part 2

    Recently, media attention has focused on some confined-space rescue operations that went wrong. From May to September 2010, three high-profile confined-space rescues resulted in three deceased civilian workers, six injured rescuers and one fatality of a...

    Article • March 24th, 2011

  • SUSAR: Your Friendly Neighborhood US&R Team

    It is 10:00 am on a Wednesday, and you are sitting in your shift commander’s office looking at the local weather report as the news staff discuss the significant winter storm that is hitting your response area. Your tones drop, and the overhead...

    Article • March 24th, 2011

  • Shoring Systems for Structural Collapse - Part 1

    Mike Donahue takes a look at a few different shoring systems and not only break down the construction of them, but also covers the principal behind which all shoring systems are based.

    Article • February 18th, 2011

  • Extrication Basics: Making Maximum Space for Victim Removal

    Finishing up our look at extrication, we will examine a few techniques that will add speed, space, and efficiency to the extrication operation. Working within the “Golden Hour” and the “Platinum Ten” arena requires our operations to be quick...

    Article • January 17th, 2011

  • Weekly Drill: No. 27

    Drill # 27: Cold Weather Operations - Part 1Several discussion points for firefighters who operate in cold weather .

    Article • January 14th, 2011

  • Rope Rescue Ops for Engine and Ladder Companies

    The basis of this article is to show that engine and truck companies with limited rope and rope hardware can still affect a successful rescue. All it takes is a little outside-the-box thinking and an understanding of how applied forces will move...

    Article • January 8th, 2011

  • Extrication Basics: Vehicle Entry for Victim Removal

    Last month we spent some time talking about some of the actions taken before the extrication, or disentanglement, can begin to take place. This month we will focus on gaining access to perform patient contact and treatment, efficient tool usage and...

    Article • December 27th, 2010

  • Massive USAR Drill Simulates Earthquake Damage Throughout UK

    Exercise Orion 2010 took place during September at various locations across England. It was centered on an earthquake scenario which was designed to simulate an event that has a very low likelihood in the United Kingdom (UK) and therefore is outside all...

    Article • December 20th, 2010

  • Confined-Space Rescue - Part 1

    This article was originally published in the new "Technical Rescue" section of Firehouse Magazine in December 2010 . Part 2 of this article will be available in the next "Technical Rescue" section in March 2011. Other articles from the section include...

    Article • December 20th, 2010

  • Tensioned Highline Systems for Rope Rescue Operations

    This month’s article continues our focus on an advanced skill in the world of rope rescue; that skill being tensioned highlines. Tensioned highlines can be a useful skill in the wilderness and even an urban setting. Whatever the setting, the need is the...

    Article • November 1st, 2010

  • Building Collapse Operations - Part 3

    This month, we finish our discussion regarding building collapse by focusing on the operational concerns that come with every incident. We will discuss the potential for a large-scale collapse event in your own community, some tactical and strategic...

    Article • October 16th, 2010

  • Building Collapse Operations - Part 2

    This month we will continue our discussion regarding building collapse with a look at the different types of building construction, and some specific collapse inherent hazards that are associated with each type. We will also examine different types of...

    Article • July 29th, 2010