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Are We Moving Too Fast?

By Eric J. Rickenbach “I feel the need. The need for_______.” Most people can quote this famous line from Tom Cruise’s 1986 hit movie Top Gun.  But for purposes of discussion, I left off the last words.  I did this because when it comes to today’s vehicle extrication process we need to think about what […]

ICS, Training, and Situational Awareness for Technical Rescue Incidents

Recently, NIOSH issued the summary of their investigation into the line-of-duty death of a volunteer firefighter that occurred during a technical rescue on February 1, 2014.  The death occurred when the firefighter was struck by a cell tower that collapsed. While this report does not specifically deal with vehicle/farm rescue, it still is a technical rescue […]

Too Many “Rescue Companies”???

I am conducting a completely un-scientific poll about the number of “rescue companies” that are out there today… Are there too many? …too few?  …or you’re not sure?  I am keeping the question very generic as well because this could easily be one of those “what if” or “because” debates…  Plain and simple – do […]

Recent Posts

When Age is NOT a Beautiful Thing – Lifting Bag Failure

On most rescue trucks, the lifting airbag is the strongest tool in terms of lifting capacity.  It is also probably one of the least-thought about and misunderstood tools available to the rescue world.  For purposes of this post, I want to focus on the “least-thought about” part, especially in terms of longevity. Last week, we […]

Detroit Auto Show… (Part 1)

A look at the current and future of vehicle extrication…

Gassing an Oxygen-Limiting Silo

A fire in an oxygen-limiting silo is a very difficult scenario that requires a very slow and methodical approach to control and extinguish.  Immediately putting water into this type of structure can cause an all sorts of dangers, including the chance for an explosion, to emergency responders.

What’s Your Vehicle Rescue Resolution?

The new year is upon us. How many have made any vehicle rescue resolutions?