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  • Ice And Cold Water Rescue - Part II

    All personnel operating at the Awareness level should be provided with appropriate Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) or Anti-Exposure Coveralls to protect them from the elements and any unintentional entries into the cold water.

    Article • January 20th, 2003

  • Ice And Cold Water Rescue - Part I

    Public Safety and Rescue personnel should be appropriately trained and equipped in order to appropriately respond to an emergency on the ice or in the water.

    Article • January 14th, 2003

  • The Street Chemist - Part 14

    The final flammable-liquid hydrocarbon derivative family is ester. In addition to being flammable, esters may polymerize.Esters

    Article • December 15th, 2002

  • Search & Rescue Skills With Your Thermal Imager

    Here it is: the emergency that you feared, the one that you dreaded, the one whose potential helped you justify funding your thermal imagers (TIs)."Engines 2, 7, 3, Ladder 2, Quint 11, Ambulance 16 and District 1: Respond to a residential fire, with...

    Article • December 13th, 2002

  • Conspace For Company Officers: Command & Control

    As the incident commander, you need to ask yourself, am I prepared to commit personnel into this hazardous atmosphere and what will be the outcome of this endeavor?This is the second article in a series on confined space emergency response at the...

    Article • November 19th, 2002

  • Firefighter Surival In The Water

    In the event a firefighter suddenly and unexpectedly falls into deep water while wearing full turnout gear, the firefighter's survival is dependent upon the immediate actions taken during the first critical seconds of immersion.

    Article • October 20th, 2002

  • The Street Chemist - Part 13

    Aldehydes are the next family of hydrocarbon derivatives. In the aldehyde family, most compounds are liquids, except for the one-carbon aldehyde, formaldehyde, which is a gas.

    Article • October 9th, 2002

  • Mercedes-Benz Automobile Side & Rear Window Glass

    As a standard feature on selected vehicles within its model lineup, automaker Mercedes-Benz offers an unusual window design.Subject:  Mercedes-Benz Automobile Side & Rear Window GlassTopic:  Entry Procedures for Mercedes-Benz Side and Rear Window Glass

    Article • October 1st, 2002

  • The Street Chemist - Part 11

    The next flammable liquid hydrocarbon derivative family is ether. The primary hazard of ether is flammability.

    Article • September 9th, 2002

  • Vehicle Lockout Incidents

    This University of Extrication column is a joint effort of Firehouse Magazine and to present critical information regarding vehicle lockout calls. References are made throughout this column to additional supporting documents that are...

    Article • September 1st, 2002

  • Broken Glass Containment

    When a tempered glass window is to be broken to gain access to the interior, crews may decide to contain the broken glass.When a tempered glass window is to be broken to gain access to the interior, crews may decide to contain the broken glass. This is...

    Article • September 1st, 2002

  • The Physiological Effects of Heat Inside a Locked Vehicle

    The National SAFE KIDS Campaign reports that at even temperatures as mild as 60 degrees F, a closed vehicle can heat up to dangerous levels within minutes.There is a sense of urgency for removal of a person or animal locked in a vehicle. Between 1996...

    Article • September 1st, 2002

  • The Street Chemist - Part 10

    The next hydrocarbon-derivative family we will discuss is the amine. Generally, amines have low boiling points and flash points, narrow flammable ranges, and high ignition temperatures.

    Article • July 16th, 2002

  • The Street Chemist - Part 9

    Nitro compounds are the second of ten hydrocarbon derivative families. Their major hazard is explosive. Nitrogen and oxygen make up the nitro functional group.

    Article • June 9th, 2002

  • The Street Chemist - Part 8

    There are ten hydrocarbon derivative families, which are important to hazardous materials responders.

    Article • May 3rd, 2002