Floodwater LODD: Lessons Learned

Yesterday was the twentieth anniversary of a firefighter LODD that occurred during floodwater rescue operations. Firefighters had been on-scene where multiple cars were stuck in floodwater. Initially, they were standing by to turn the scene over to police because there were no entrapments. ...

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Case Study: Trench Rescue Near Miss

The information in this blog post comes from the FireFighterNearMiss.com. To read the full near miss entry that was submitted, click here. What Happened: The fire department was dispatched to a trench collapse, with reports of two people trapped. The first-arriving engine company arrived and...

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Pre-Planning Elevator Rescues, Part 2/2

Elevators are incredibly complex machinery systems, and they are also one of the more common causes of machinery rescue incidents in urban and suburban areas. One strategy for improving your agency’s response to elevator rescue incidents is to get out and start pre-planning the elevators in your...

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Pre-Planning Elevator Rescues, Part 1/2

Elevators are incredibly complex machinery systems, and they are also one of the more common causes of machinery rescue incidents in urban and suburban areas. One strategy for improving your agency’s response to elevator rescue incidents is to get out and start pre-planning the elevators in your...

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Technical Rescue Incidents and Mental Health

Technical rescues can present unique challenges to rescuers’ mental health for many reasons. Technical rescues are distinctly challenging and incredibly memorable. They can be “once in a career” incidents. These types of calls are exceptionally stressful for rescuers because the likelihood of...

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Tips for the Trench Rescue Professional

This week is Trench Safety Stand Down Week, sponsored by the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA). So far this week we have taught two of our Trench Rescue Awareness programs for first responders, and today we are sharing a new blog post focused towards our readers that are trained to...

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Confined Space Atmospheric Hazards, Part 4/4

We have finally arrived at Part 4 of our Confined Space Atmospheric Hazards series. We have already discussed some general concepts and principles of performing atmospheric monitoring at confined space incidents, oxygen-related hazards, and explosive atmosphere hazards. In this post, we are...

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Confined Space Atmospheric Hazards, Part 3/4

We are back for Part 3 of our Confined Space Atmospheric Hazards series. In this post, we will be discussing explosive/flammable atmospheres. For the purposes of this blog post, we will be utilizing the term explosive to keep things clear and concise. Explosive Atmospheres An atmosphere is...

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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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