Rescue & Special Ops Web Exclusives

  • HazMat Team Spotlight: Louisville

    Under the leadership of Fire Chief Greg Frederick, the Louisville Fire Department has 616 uniformed personnel who operate 18 engine companies, 10 truck companies, 14 medic units, 3 hazardous materials companies, and 2 technical rescue...

    Article • August 17th, 2004

  • The Street Chemist - Part 20

    The next and probably the most important parameter of combustion of a flammable liquid is its flash point. Flash point is the most important information for emergency responders to know about a flammable liquid. Flash point, more than any other...

    Article • July 28th, 2004

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part I

    Pickup trucks are a very popular style of vehicle. Along with their increased presence on the highways is the increased possibility that fire departments will encounter them.Pickup trucks are a very popular style of vehicle in the U.S. Along with...

    Article • July 21st, 2004

  • HazMat Team Spotlight: Philadelphia

    The City of Philadelphia with a heavy chemical industry presence on its South and East sides, has always taken a proactive approach to hazardous materials response.

    Article • May 11th, 2004

  • The Street Chemist - Part 19

    In the previous “Street Chemist” we discussed the first of several combustion process physical characteristics boiling point. Factors affecting boiling point include molecular weight, polarity, and branching.In the previous "Street Chemist" we...

    Article • April 8th, 2004

  • The Street Chemist - Part 18

    Boiling point of a flammable liquid is a physical characteristic that is affected by the temperature of the liquid and atmospheric pressure.The last several Street Chemist presentations have centered around hydrocarbon and hydrocarbon derivative...

    Article • January 2nd, 2004

  • Safe Parking - Part 4: Personal Survival Skills

    Chapter 6 of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) provides guidelines for the improved safety of personnel when working in or near moving traffic. SUBJECT: Safety Procedures When Working In or...

    Article • January 1st, 2004

  • The Street Chemist - Part 17

    Organic acids are hydrocarbon derivatives, therefore, they have carbon in the compound, and the name will begin with the prefix indicating the number of carbons.Organic acids are the final hydrocarbon derivative functional group. Organic acids are...

    Article • September 12th, 2003

  • The Street Chemist - Part 16

    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. Aldehydes have a wide flammable range from 3 to 55% in air; they are toxic...

    Article • July 22nd, 2003

  • The Street Chemist - Part 15

    Article • June 16th, 2003

  • Vehicle Rescue Safety - Part II

    Almost 8% of the line-of-duty deaths in 2002 were "struck-by" situations while the responders were working in or near moving traffic. Emergency service personnel working in or near moving traffic are killed every year. For example, five responders died...

    Article • May 30th, 2003

  • Conspace For Company Officers - Part III

    The first arriving company officer, and subsequently, the Incident Commander, doesn’t have to be a technician to understand the incident priorities.This is the final article in a series on confined space emergency response at the company officer level...

    Article • May 19th, 2003

  • Conspace For Company Officers - Part II

    One of the most necessary parts of the action plan is the requirement to consider the safety and health of everyone on the scene, especially of responders.This article is the second part of a section on action plan development. In the first part we...

    Article • April 2nd, 2003

  • Awareness Issues in Special Operations

    As an emergency responder, your agency has probably been dealing with technical rescue at one level or another for years, even if you didn't realize it. Within the last ten years, line-of-duty injuries and fatalities involving special operations prompted...

    Article • April 2nd, 2003

  • Ice And Cold Water Rescue - Part III

    In addition to rescue procedures and skills, a great deal of emphasis must be placed on self-rescue and survival procedures in cold water.

    Article • February 15th, 2003