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    Most Outrageous 9-1-1 Calls

    Sometimes the best stories are the ones you can't make up. When it comes to emergency dispatch, this tends to be the case. Sit back and enjoy this list of some of the most outrageous 9-1-1 calls we've ever heard. *Note: All videos may not be real First Video >>> [page] I Need A BambulanceWarning: Strong Language Next Video >>> ...
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    Best Explosions Caught on Tape

    For those whose lives are focused around fire and rescue, this one is for you. We have compiled this series of incredible and jaw-dropping explosions for your viewing entertainment. Now sit back and be prepared to have your mind blown! #15: Chemical Tanker → [page] Chemical Tanker Comment on this Video #14: Backdraft Levels 2-Story Building → [page] Backdraft Levels ...
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    Futuristic Apparatus Revolutionize Fire & Rescue

    Atlanta Fire Rescue Colet Jaguar K15 Crash Truck [photo:139123] The K-15 Jaguar is a technically advanced fire truck, designed to contain and extinguish aircraft fires, with more speed and precision than the standard fire trucks. The Jaguar can reach speed up to 83 miles per hour and go from 0 to 50 in less than 20 seconds, fast for a fire ...
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    Guatemala Mission Bound: The Training Begins

    Guatemala Mission Bound: The Training Begins
    Well, as with anything we do, there is always something that pops up. We had a ticket issue that had to be corrected before departing Raleigh Durham. I did learn that the name that appears on the ticket needs to match the one on your passport. The name you are accustomed to, might not work. That’s what happens when you order ...
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    Guatemala Mission Bound

    Guatemala Mission Bound
    For several years now I have gone to the Appalachian Mountains with a group from my church on an ASP project where we do repairs and construction on houses of those less fortunate. These folks could not otherwise afford to have these repairs done and live with leaking roofs, in dilapidated dwellings, with dangerous wiring, and some with inferior plumbing. The ...
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    Extrication: Back to Basics Part 2

    Our mission trip to Guatemala was pretty awesome and we had a great time teaching their folks some basic rescue techniques. They were eager to learn and we plan on returning July 2010 to continue their training and hopefully get some more equipment donated. Catch my articles on the trip and what we did. Last issue we looked at how we ...
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    Extrication: Back to Basics Part 1

    The first of August, my Guatemala Rescue Team left for a week to train their folks in basic rescue techniques. We had to utilize the equipment we were able to get donated. This was composed of mostly hand tools, but did include a hydraulic combi-tool, some reciprocating saws, and stabilization jacks. We were tasked with teaching these folks the basics of ...
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    Lifting and Stabilizing: Proper Use of Buttress Systems

    Lifting and Stabilizing: Proper Use of Buttress Systems
    When we look at stabilization we need to consider taking that extra "few" seconds to access our scene and vehicles, and what it will take to properly stabilize the vehicles involved. We talked about some of the basic wood and plastic cribbing as well as the types of movement we are trying to prevent. I want to look at utilizing the ...
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    School Bus Extrication - Part 2

    School Bus Extrication - Part 2
    I hope this column finds everyone well. As I write this next part on bus extrication, and we look further into how buses are constructed, I have had the opportunity to teach several more classes on bus extrication. Each time I do a class I always learn more from my students and being able to experiment with techniques. We have also ...
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    Lifting and Stabilizing: Vehicles on Their Sides

    Lifting and Stabilizing: Vehicles on Their Sides
    I have been in Rescue for over 32 years and have taught for over 25 of those. I attended church this past Sunday, which I try to do when I’m not teaching, and came across something in our bulletin that I wanted to pass along to everyone. We were honoring our past and present teachers in the church, and I found ...
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    Lifting and Stabilizing: Cribbing Overview

    Lifting and Stabilizing: Cribbing Overview
    I want to look at the "art" of stabilizing and lifting over the next few issues. I think we tend to spend a lot of time on the actual extrication techniques but sometimes overlook the stabilizing of the vehicles. How much time do we spend training on stabilization? I can do an entire weekend class just on stabilizing and lifting of ...
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    Big Truck Extrication - Part 3: The Extrication

    Big Truck Extrication - Part 3: The Extrication
    In the last two articles we have looked at how trucks are constructed, the types of trailers they may be pulling, the tremendous weights that may be involved, the hazards that come from dealing with large trucks, assessing and approaching these types of crashes, and how to look at some basic stabilization methods. Now we are going to look at some ...
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    Big Truck Extrication - Part 2: Assessment and Stabilization

    Big Truck Extrication - Part 2: Assessment and Stabilization
    Sometimes I wonder if rescuers realize just how many trucks are actually on our highways traveling each and everyday. My wife and I took a trip out west last Spring to see the Grand Canyon. I decided to drive in order to stop and see other things we might be interested in seeing along the way. Driving from North Carolina to ...
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    Big Truck Extrication - Part 1: Anatamy 101

    Big Truck Extrication - Part 1: Anatamy 101
    This is the first of a three part article on big truck extrication. *We are going to first take a look at basic truck anatomy. In article two we will discuss scene approach, hazards, and stabilization. In part three we will talk about extrication techniques.* Trucks have been around since shortly after the coming of the motorized automobile. They have become ...
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    Can You Do, What You Say, You Can Do?

    Can You Do, What You Say, You Can Do?
    This thought provoking article will probably stir some feelings, perhaps even rub some the wrong way, and maybe even get a few, “he hit that nail on the head.” Especially when we look at our capabilities as a rescue provider, and what our department says we can do. The way a lot of folks see it, if we do some training ...
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    Extrication: Do We Really Train Enough?

    Extrication: Do We Really Train Enough?
    The million-dollar question, do we really train enough in vehicle extrication? In our minds, most of us would say yes. In reality, the answer is probably no. Can we truly train enough? We could if extrication was the only responsibility we had in fire, rescue and EMS. But we know that most of us have many more responsibilities than just extrication. ...
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    Techniques for Responding to a Downed Aircraft

    Techniques for Responding to a Downed Aircraft
    We in the Fire, Rescue and EMS service are typically “A” type of personality and enjoy the adrenalin rush we get from the calls we respond to. That is not a bad thing since it takes this type of person to do the job we do. How many times have you heard someone tell you that they are glad that you ...
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    School Bus Extrication - Part 1: Our Precious Cargo

    School Bus Extrication - Part 1: Our Precious Cargo
    We see the bright yellow buses travel our roads and highways everyday. These buses are not only carrying the future of our country, but the future firefighters, rescue and EMS workers that will inherit our plight to protect and save lives. It is our duty and obligation as rescue workers to be highly skilled and trained in rescuing this precious cargo. ...
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    Is Your Training What it Should Be?

    Is Your Training What it Should Be?
    When you read this we will be moving into early Fall. I hope everyone’s Summer was good, and you were able to enjoy some family time, personal time and just good “ole” down time. Something we all need in our careers as Fire/Rescue/EMS providers. Sometimes we just have to put ourselves first, a totally different concept for some of us. In ...
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    Extrication at a Glance: Rollovers

    Extrication at a Glance: Rollovers
    In order to cover all the details involved in any specific type of extrication, one must first realize it would take more than a single article, perhaps a chapter would be in order. There are several factors that must be considered when discussing any type of vehicle extrication. We are dealing with a wide degree of expertise, that ranges from the ...
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