Updates to our Blended Learning Programs

If you didn't already know, our Rope, Confined Space, and Tower Rescue Operations level classes are now blended learning programs. This gives students the ability to complete the cognitive material at their own pace, prior to participating in the hands-on skill sessions. These programs were...

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Are you the "I already took that class" rescuer?

If you have been providing rescue services within the fire service industry for any amount of time, you have probably heard someone turn down a training opportunity by saying, “No, I won’t be there. I already took that class.” Perhaps maybe you have even said those words. I have personally...

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Trench Rescue Awareness Special Offer

June is Trench Safety Month, and June 14-18 is Trench Safety Stand Down Week. To recognize next week's safety stand down, we will be launching our new online Trench Rescue Awareness program on June 14. The class is currently open for enrollment but the course content won't drop until the...

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Wellness Wednesday Video: Confined Space Safety

This morning the Fire Department Safety Officers Association posted a short video I recorded discussing confined space safety. Check it out at the link below. If you are feeling extra motivated, give it a like and/or share on YouTube or other social media platforms! If you want to learn more,...

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Elevator Rescue Response: Leave No Jumpers!

Do firefighters perform elevator rescues everyday without securing the power to the elevator? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is yes. However, it is an incredibly dangerous practice. When first responders decide they must intervene at an elevator rescue incident, it is imperative...

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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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