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.
In this new Training Minutes video, Walt Lewis discusses the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, a.k.a. drones) in urban search and rescue (USAR) operations.
The author describes the experiences of VA-TF2 as they deploy for Puerto Rico and perform duties sometimes a little out of the ordinary in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands to help the residents and firefighters cope under the duress of losing their homes, communications, and basics like food and medicines.
This is an account of the how Florida Task Force 4 operated to meet the multiple and growing demands of some of the Texas areas most impacted by the unprecedented exceptional high amount of water Hurricane Harvey brought to the area.
The article explains why firefighters should be fully trained and prepared to serve on an incident command team and how fire administrators can accomplish this important goal.
Resources made available under the Texas Intrastate Fie Mutual Aid System included 985 firefighters who staffed 296 pieces of equipment to meet the demands created by Hurricane Harvey.
Since the 1990s, when the Federal Emergency Management Agency organized the first urban search and rescue teams, the teams have responded to countless disasters. Here's a look back written by the late Deputy Chief Ray Downey, whom many consider to be the concept's "founding father." GLENN CORBETT
Use this technique when you have to remove a patient on a backboard from a second- or third-story window or the roof and you can't wait for a technical rescue team. JEREMY RIFFLARD
As tower rescues become more common, departments need to preplan such sites in their area, prepare for different scenarios, and train personnel to the appropriate level to facilitate safe rescues. NATHAN PAULSBERG
Basic Navigation for Search and Rescue and Survival and Essential Knots for Search and Rescue and Survival are valuable references for search and rescue technicians, campers, hikers, outdoor professionals, and sports enthusiasts.