Structures specialists are licensed structural engineers who have received additional US&R training from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA. They normally support heavy rescue teams and function as advisors when the teams are performing search and rescue inside of damaged buildings. However, the insights they provide to those teams can be useful to all firefighters regardless of in which seat or vehicle they ride.
At a partial building collapse, the integration of urban search and rescue members, local responders, medical personnel, and crane operators ensured success in retrieving victim.
On the morning of January 27, 2019, Edgewater (NJ) volunteer firefighters hosted a multi-unit, multi-department drill at a large, vacant cinema for search and rescue purposes. See photos and learn more from Ron Jeffers.
Eric Grootendorst explains the benefits of maximizing the skills of your department’s technical rescue team.
Al Studt talks to Walt Lewis about how the U.S. National Grid can be integrated with exiting information systems to help geolocate emergency locations in wildland trails, hydrants, FDC connections, and more.
Stephen Coover looks at how you can improve a bad situation through the creation of an Identification Chief, an American version of an Israeli Population Behavior Officer.
Nicholas DeLia explains how using dioramas can better prepare first responders for the wide variety of incidents they encounter.
In this new Training Minutes video, communications expert Al Studt talks to Walt Lewis about how to read a map using the U.S. National Grid, and about how such maps may be of use to incident commanders during emergency response.
The author describes what is involved when a task force is assigned to consecutive disaster locations and the hazards and challenges involved.
The team reports on the myriad of tasks and missions it accomplished as part of a national response to these hurricanes that occurred within weeks of each other.