National Safety Stand Down Week to Prevent Falls

May 3-7, 2021 is National Safety Stand Down Week to Prevent Falls in the Construction Industry. Don't work in the construction industry? It doesn't matter! Falls are hazards for many types of workers, including first responders and technical rescue professionals. Technical rescuers and...

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Thoughts on the CMC Clutch

Earlier this year, the 13mm CMC Clutch by Harken Industrial (“Clutch” for short) was released to the rope rescue world. The 11mm version of the device was previously released in 2020. The 13mm version, as the title implies, can be used with rope up to 13mm or ½” in diameter. The device is a...

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The Machinery Rescue Sequence

In my Machinery Rescue Awareness and Machinery Rescue Operations courses, I teach a concept called the Machinery Rescue Sequence. Like other disciplines that have a “sequence,” such as water rescue (self, reach, throw, row, go), most machinery entrapments can be safely handled by following a...

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HazMat Ops Refresher (Online) Now Available

I am excited to announce the launch of our new HazMat Operations Refresher (Online) program! We've been working on this course since last Fall, and we're very happy with how it turned out. Course topics include properties and effects, recognition and identification, personal protective...

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Conducting a Training Needs Assessment

Implementing a technical rescue training program is extraordinarily difficult due to the low frequency, high risk nature of the business. It is hard to keep your members motivated if they never get to use their skills in the real-world. That is why a well-organized training program is vital. ...

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New Tower Rescue Online and Blended Programs

I'm happy to announce that both our Tower Rescue Awareness and Operations classes are now available in new online and blended learning formats. Tower Rescue Awareness is a self-paced, online program intended for all first responders. Tower Rescue Operations is a blended learning program...

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Reviewing Tensioned Buttress Stabilization

Vehicles coming to rest on their side pose safety concerns for rescuers and the patient(s) inside the vehicle. In this position, the vehicle has a very narrow footprint, and it can possibly roll over onto its roof or back onto its wheels. Either one of those actions could injure rescuers or...

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New Confined Space Rescue Awareness Class Available Online

We hope you had a great holiday season and a Happy New Year. We are happy to announce that to start off 2021, we have launched our brand new self-paced, online Confined Space Rescue Awareness class. Confined space emergencies can occur in any community, so please make sure your agency is...

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The Cold Kills: Hypothermia

It is that time of the year again. You know that time of the year when everyone goes, “Oh my god its cold outside!” Which begs the question; how accurate is your hypothermia treatment information? Hopefully, you have corrected it as guidance changes. Even something as simple as treating...

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PPE for the Technical Rescue Victim

Recently, I have seen a couple of fairly risky technical rescues being performed where the patient/victim was not provided any personal protection equipment (PPE). Without identifying the agencies involved or when exactly they occurred, I will just say that the two rescue scenarios involved a...

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