Rescue & Special Ops Web Exclusives

  • Tactical Considerations for Hazmat Facilities

    Fire department training programs tend to mainly focus on response to transportation accidents, but this article looks at the variety of facilities we can encounter.

    Article • August 10th, 2008

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 13

    This week, Russell Merrick reviews the nine classes of hazardous materials.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...

    Article • July 28th, 2008

  • The University of Extrication: Trainer's Tool Box

    To assist you with your training efforts, the Trainers Tool Box is collection of downloadable documents that you may use as you see fit in your extrication training efforts.As vehicle rescue instructor, whether you're teaching at a state fire academy...

    Article • July 27th, 2008

  • University Of Extrication: Hybrid Emergency Response Guides

    University of Extrication Author Ron Moore has compiled numerous emergency response guides (ERGs) for hybrid, electric and compressed natural gas vehicles. The vehicles, including a school bus, can be found on the streets of any first-due across the...

    Article • July 14th, 2008

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 12

    This weeks drill reviews some of the laws and standards that apply to first responders involved in hazardous materials responses.The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members. Sit down and...

    Article • July 13th, 2008

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XXI

    The most common obstruction that blocks the airbag ID and causes responders to not realize that the seat their patient is sitting on has an airbag within it is the vehicle's B-pillar.

    Article • June 11th, 2008

  • HazMat in the Trenches: Level A Training

    Learn about an innovative method for training responders while in Level A hazardous materials suits. The games played provide a unique environment for responders to hone their needed skills in these restricting ensembles.

    Article • May 20th, 2008

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XX

    Due to door override, the inward movement of the door as it passed over the rocker channel had in fact caught the driver's left foot in a pinching and crushing action.

    Article • May 4th, 2008

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XIX

    This drill allows you to consider the what resources you have in your inventory and what actions you would decide to take to address the problems that you may have encountered.When a car rolls over, it can complicate everything that has to be done at a...

    Article • April 12th, 2008

  • Evolution of an Hazmat Acronym

    A new acronym was complete; "4H MEDIC ANNA" was born.

    Article • April 9th, 2008

  • 'Crash Course' Quick Drill Series - Part XVIII

    In your next drill, require the team to gain access to the engine compartment without using the latch.In the "old" days, it seems that when fire/rescue personnel needed to open a hood, the preferred tactic was to attack the front hood latch. The basic...

    Article • March 13th, 2008

  • Hazmat Team Spotlight: Omaha, NE, Fire-Rescue Department

    Located on the banks of the Missouri River at the Eastern end of Nebraska, Omaha is the largest city in the state.Slideshow Images: Omaha, NE, Fire-Rescue Department Located on the banks of the Missouri River at the Eastern end of Nebraska, Omaha is the...

    Article • February 1st, 2008

  • Trics Of The Trade: The Rescue/Pumper and the FDNY Squad Concept - Part 2

    At a trench operation in New York City, the squad company will operate as a rescue company.Technical incidents cover an enormous variation in response tactics compared to those on the fireground. While on the fireground we tend to do things in a more...

    Article • January 31st, 2008

  • Trics Of The Trade: The Rescue/Pumper and the FDNY Squad Concept - Part 1

    In this first part of the squad company, we will talk about the mission as an engine company, a truck company, and as a rescue company for a structure fires.What exactly is a rescue/pumper? The answer to a question like that is dependent upon where you...

    Article • November 22nd, 2007

  • HazMat Team Spotlight: San Diego Fire Department

    Slideshow Images: San Diego Fire Department HazMat Team Located on the Pacific Coast in the southwest corner of Southern California, San Diego is the sixth-largest city in the U.S. and the second largest in the state.

    Article • October 31st, 2007