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Surface Supply Diving — Pros and Cons

Surface Supply diving has progressively started to become a more popular choice in the world of Public Safety Diving. While most of the fire and police department dive teams still rely on traditional... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Water Rescue

Rigging Low Angle Rescue Systems

“Low angle” rescue evolutions are those revolutions that are basically performed upon slopes less than vertical. Historically, these rescues are on slopes ranging from 15 degrees up to about 67.5 deg... Read More...

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Extrication Training Strategies

Well, first and foremost, “I’m Back.” The Coronavirus has not done me in, as I have several bushels of limes to take care of any issues that may arise.  Read More...

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Understanding the Rescue Task Force Concept

By now the term Rescue Task Force (RTF) should be pretty widely understood in all emergency services organizations. Read More...

Relevant Tags: Active Shooter

That rare find ...THE VOLUNTEER

All-volunteer Rescue Squads, at least in North Carolina, over the last 15 years have seen changes. As I approach 46 years as a volunteer in the rescue service this coming December, I have personally ... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Rescue A-Z

Using UAVs And Helicopter Together

I have written past CFREJ articles about the respective roles and uses of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV drones) and helicopters in search and rescue. Both are extremely useful tools in the search and... Read More...

Relevant Tags: RESCUE A-Z

Calculating Available Water Supply From a Dry Hydrant

Over many years I have been asked to calculate available water supplies from dry hydrants for numerous fire departments for their rating inspections and certifications. I did this as a service when I... Read More...

Relevant Tags: RESCUE A-Z

‘Old School’ Rescue Techniques Still Work Today

Rescue training has changed greatly in the last 40 years, what with the advent of newer rescue equipment and the skills required to apply and utilize that equipment effectively and safely. There are ... Read More...

Relevant Tags: RESCUE A-Z

Dressing for Cold Weather Search and Rescue Operations

Within the next two months, the cold weather will finally be upon us as winter arrives. While it may seem ridiculous to talk about proper dress and equipment issues utilized while you are in a cold w... Read More...

Relevant Tags: RESCUE A-Z

Earthen Dams Construction, Function and Failures

Most of us in a rescue career may see some level of dam failure, especially when heavy rainfall associated with hurricanes pass through our state, or during extended periods of sustained rainfall.  ... Read More...

Relevant Tags: RESCUE A-Z

Search and Operational Plans

One cannot deny that the devastating flooding from hurricane Matthew in the eastern part of North Carolina and the disastrous forest fires in the western end of the state in fall 2016 were “ones for ... Read More...

Relevant Tags: RESCUE A-Z

Updating Your Extrication Techniques for 2017

(This is part one of a two-part series.) For many years I have preached that responders need to learn how to use many types of tools — including hand tools — to perform a given task or techniq... Read More...

Relevant Tags: RESCUE A-Z

The Training Officer and Using Scenarios in Rescue Training

In our training as rescuers we go through classes such as contained in the Technical Rescue standards used in North Carolina. As part of the certification in such classes, rescuers are required to pa... Read More...

Relevant Tags: RESCUE A-Z

Several Items Concerning Rescue

I recently returned from the 60th Annual Convention of the North Carolina Association of Rescue and EMS held in Hickory, North Carolina on Sept. 8-11, 2016. There were instructional classes in rescue... Read More...

Relevant Tags: RESCUE A-Z

Waterfalls Rescues and Recoveries

It is that time of year when people will inevitably go to look at these powerful natural features, to awe at their beauty, to photograph them, and for some, to be hurt or killed by unsuspected danger... Read More...

Relevant Tags: RESCUE A-Z