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Ladder Use at Industrial Emergencies

This seemed like a good time to review the need for aerial apparatus at industrial fires. The focus here is the municipal aerial apparatus.

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A Safe Approach to Swift Water Rescue

One important item in the surface water rescue standard (as in all the others) is the choice and utilization of the appropriate PPE.

Uncomplicating the Complicated

IRECA's rope rescue competition in Houston helped this operator learn to do more with less.

Medical Emergency Traps Worker Atop Ohio Grain Silo

Responders use the plant's own mobile crane to transfer the patient to the ground.

Vehicle Found Partially Submerged at Pennsylvania Sewage Treatment Plant

Firefighters rescue driver from car overturned in retention pond.

Ohio Plating Worker Drowns in Factory Vat

The vat reportedly contained liquid chromic acid.

Accepting Different Ways of Thinking

Large platforms do have maneuverability issues, and do take time to set up. This has to be compared with the time, pumps, hose, foam, and staffing needed to develop a 5,000 gpm stream.

Ground Ladders: Thinking Outside the Box

In FDNY manuals, there are techniques to use ladders to: bridge over alleyways (also used over excavations), to replace burnt-out stairs, and to bridge over fences (utilizing two ladders lashed together).

Improvising a Rescue by Ground Ladder

Aside from the obvious use of ladders for climbing, the use of ladders as a means of supporting a rope-based rescue system appears to have been born during the Second World War.

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Rapid Intervention Teams

A RIT team is meant to render immediate aid to the people who have a chance to affect the outcome of the transpiring emergency.

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