Rescue & Special Ops Web Exclusives

  • Updated Hazardous Materials Course Offers Enhanced Training

    The risk of hazardous materials on the American home front is realistic. Whether an accidental or manmade threat, emergency response personnel require the ability to safely respond, save lives and investigate. The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP...

    Article • September 11th, 2012

  • Extrication Basics: Vehicle Stabilization

    Many of the nation’s fire departments and rescue squads provide technical rescue services to their respective communities. One arena that is very common to many organizations is motor vehicle extrication. While newspapers and other media are...

    Article • August 30th, 2012

  • Tactics for Commercial Vehicle Extrication – Part 1

    Mike Daley talks about the many challenges a responder faces at incidents involving large vehicles. He also identifies some of the specialized equipment used at these events.

    Article • June 12th, 2012

  • Patient Packing for Rescue Incidents

    In every technical rescue class I teach, I pose the same question to the class…Outside of actually getting to the call, what is the single most important operation you're going to perform? Generally it gets pretty quiet in the classroom while everyone...

    Article • March 13th, 2012

  • USAR Task Force Trains in Canine-Lift Techniques

    Our rescue and search personnel got a good rope rescue refresher, and our canine folks got to work with a brand new technique.

    Article • March 13th, 2012

  • Training the Technical Rescuer

    While we generally cover skills in this section, it has come to my attention that a lot of instructors visit venues like to pick up different ideas, tips, tricks and maybe learn about a new topic they have in their crosshairs. So...

    Article • January 10th, 2012

  • From Vision to Reality - Part 3

    This is the final installment of a three-part series about the creation of a state-of-the-art technical rescue training center – the Monroe County, NY, Public Safety Training Facility (PSTF). Part one (June 2011) described how the Monroe County fire...

    Article • January 3rd, 2012

  • Weekly Drill: No. 41 - Rescue Size-Up

    Readers will learn about the three critical factors that size-up must embrace when preparing for search and rescue operations.

    Article • October 23rd, 2011

  • Urban Search & Rescue: Behind the Headlines

    We have all seen the images across the news: pictures of rescuers and support personnel carrying victims, both lifeless and animated, from the rubble piles of natural disasters, such as earthquakes and tornadoes, as well as acts of terrorism. This is...

    Article • September 13th, 2011

  • From Vision to Reality - Part 2


    Article • September 13th, 2011

  • Commercial Vehicle Extrication Skills - Part 2

    We continue our discussion in the area of heavy commercial vehicle extrications with a focus on decisions that need to be made on the emergency scene, and what type of resources will be needed to mitigate the incident. As we noted last time in our...

    Article • September 10th, 2011

  • Lifting and Moving Operations: An Inch Can Save a Life

    Lifting and moving is a vital skill and requires some outside-the-box thinking from all rescuers involved. Michael Donahue provides insight to the theories and practices related to these heavy lifting tasks for crews.

    Article • August 29th, 2011

  • Commentary: UASI Funding Cuts are Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

    Budget cuts and fiscal challenges have impacted all emergency responders across the county. As more and more is being asked of the men and women who serve and protect our communities, these same individuals are being told that their funding is being...

    Article • June 14th, 2011

  • 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