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Formula for a Double Trouble Emergency

Not only do heat emergencies cause hypovolemia (loss of fluid), but loss of blood chemistry (electrolytes).

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Dealing with Opiod Overdose Epidemic

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. Rarely is this a case of accidental death, but it's certainly a lack of awareness.

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.

Revisiting the Gulf Coast Hurricanes

In the aftermath of any major catastrophe it is all too easy to find fault; fault with anybody or anything, just so long as we can fix blame.

Training for Multiple Terrorist Attacks

While terrorism may not be your team's number-one concern and the technical rescue disciplines covered and equipment tested in this exercise may not be important to you, the concept of this type of exercise should be.

Flooding Shuts Down Arkema Trial in Houston

Rupture of a 96-inch main providing water to 50% of the city forced closure of the courthouse until Monday.

Hazmat Emergency in New York Easily Resolved

Possible exposure to unknown chemicals prompted fire officials to order a second alarm.

Uncomplicating the Complicated

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

Crane Collapses Across Plant Roof in Finland

The ground gave way beneath the outriggers of the mobile crane.

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Medical Emergency Traps Worker Atop Ohio Grain Silo

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

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