SAR in action: Deep cave rescue

A caver, who has suffered multiple injuries after a fall, is trapped approximately 300 metres deep in the Ellis Basin cave system on Mount Arthur. A full-scale cave search and rescue is launched, with cave teams tasked to locate the…

A growing challenge for the emergency services

In the UK the number of plus size individuals being rescued by the fire service because they are too large to move on their own has gone up by more than a third over the past three years. According to…

A universal solution for emergency responders

With the world’s eyes watching devastation unfold this summer as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma across North America and the Caribbean, and unrelenting rains pummelling South Asia this monsoon season – an urgency is raised to address practical…

Training for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) in the UK

USAR in the UK Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) has undergone some dramatic changes over the last few years. Given that the formal introduction of the capability didn’t start until after the events of 9/11, the capability has never truly…

Plus size evacuation – What is the solution?

One of the consequences of modern living with its obtundents of high energy foods and energy saving devices is that it is all too easy to consume more energy than we are using. If the human body takes in more…

Teamwork in rescue – fire, USAR and the right equipment

In the aftermath of events such as a factory explosion, earthquake, or a terrorist bomb, man-made structures are often reduced to rubble piles, sometimes of immense dimensions. For victims trapped deep inside, their rescue depends on the actions of firefighters…

Standard of operation for cave rescue in Hungary

In Hungary specialized cave rescue teams undertake the rescue role when explorers and researchers become stuck in caves. These organizations have adopted a unified procedure for undertaking cave rescues. During a cave rescue the interest of the casualty has priority…

Confined Space Rescue Operations

Rescue operations place special demands on the Emergency Response Team (ERT). The ERT must balance the complexities of site management with the intricacies of victim management to stabilize an effective and efficient manner while maintaining the safety of responding personnel.…

Grain entrapment rescues are complex – are you prepared?

First-responders called to a grain bin entrapment should expect the unexpected because no two situations are the same. The frequency of grain entrapments has steadily increased over the past decade as a result of record grain yields, long time in…

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