Confined Space Atmospheric Hazards, Part 2/4

In our first Confined Space Atmospheric Hazards post, we discussed the basic principles of atmospheric monitoring in confined spaces and operating our four-gas detectors. In part two of our Confined Space Atmospheric Hazards series, we will be discussing hazards related to oxygen deficiency and...

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Confined Space Atmospheric Hazards, Part 1/4

Statistically, atmospheric hazards are the most common cause of death in confined space accidents. It is important that first responders understand these atmospheric hazards and the basic principles of operating four-gas detectors. In Part 1 of this series, we will be discussing basic metering...

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Tips for the Vehicle Rescue Officer

Vehicle rescues are probably the most common type of technical rescue incident we encounter as first responders. However, we still have to stay on top of our games. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips and tricks that you can implement as an officer at your next...

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Lessons Learned from a Water Rescue LODD

Five years ago, on May 23, 2015, a fire captain was killed, and another firefighter injured when they were pulled into a storm drain after evacuating a flooded neighborhood. You can read the full NIOSH LODD Report here. We will be discussing some of the key points from the report in this blog...

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Lessons Learned from a Rope Rescue Training LODD

I frequently review NIOSH Line of Duty Death (LODD) reports to learn from unfortunate incidents in our history where a first responder was killed while performing technical rescue activities. May 23 is a sad day because it is the date of two LODDs, one in 2011 and the other from 2015. Today, we...

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Safety Rules for Trench Rescue

OSHA 1926 Subpart P is the federal safety regulation that the construction industry must abide by when working in excavations. While it may not apply to you as a first responder strictly from a regulatory perspective, there are many best practices related to trench and excavation safety that the...

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Overcoming Edges the Old Fashioned Way

Edge transitions can be particularly traumatic if a fall occurs. Rope rescue professionals not only need to be skilled navigating themselves over edges when necessary, but perhaps more importantly, they have to be able to safely move the patient over the edge. In recent years, a huge amount of...

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Prehospital Treatment of Crush Syndrome

You and your partner are dispatched as the first due responding ALS unit for an industrial rescue. The dispatch notes indicate that one worker is trapped after an accident, but no other workers are injured. You see that you have a heavy rescue, a rescue-engine and ladder company responding with a...

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Picking Things up with Cribbing and Air Bags

Heavy lifting drills can be an absolute blast for rescue professionals. There is something extremely satisfying about lifting an object of considerable weight with the simple press of a button. However, there is a lot of knowledge, skill, and attention to detail that goes into these...

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How much does that thing weigh?

This week we are going to be taking a look at some topics related to heavy lifting operations. This kind of knowledge and skill will be beneficial in several disciplines of rescue, including structural collapse, trench, and vehicle rescue. Let’s start out by reviewing how to determine the...

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