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Manhattan Crane Collapse: First-Due Rescue Company Operations

By Tom DonnellyThis article focuses on initial rescue company operations at a collapse. This operation lasted several days and involved multiple agencies—no one unit conducted this entire operation. Rescue units can apply the lessons learned to collapse incidents ranging from construction accidents to earthquakes to terrorist attacks. The article does not describe the entire operation but rather takes a look at initial rescue company operations and rescue company tactics that fire department rescue/US&R units regularly employ throughout the country.March 15, 2008, was a typical Saturday afternoon in New York City: People were busy shopping, tourism was bustling, and folks were ta...

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