Fire Department Special Operations


John Norman, in his book, Fire Department Special Operations, breaks new ground to address the emerging challenges and added missions that the fire service now faces.

He draws on decades of rescue company experience, as well as his leadership of the FDNY’s Special Operations Command, to provide you with the framework for establishing and running a special operations unit within your fire department.

This book shows you:

  • How to select the right personnel for the job
  • How to identify the role your special operations unit should play and provide the service needed
  • How to select the right apparatus, tools, and equipment for your special operations unit
  • The importance of maintenance and training
  • The vast variety of rescue incidents that you should be prepared for, ranging from building collapse to scaffold emergencies to water rescue.

Fire Department Special Operations is an excellent guide for agencies and individuals in establishing, staffing, operating, and maintaining heavy rescue units in the many forms they may take. It is also an ideal training resource for the officers and individuals assigned the duties that a rescue firefighter must accomplish.

* Part One: Getting started
* What rescue is all about
* Ways of providing rescue service
* Recruiting and staffing
* Apparatus
* Tools and equipment
* Maintenance
* Training
* The operational plan
* Air tools
* Rigging
* Victim care, packaging, and handling
* Part Two: Rescue incidents
* Responses: Using special units at fires and emergencies
* Buried victims: trench and other excavation rescue work
* Elevators, escalators, impalements, and “man-in-machine” runs
* High-angle rescue, scaffolds, and other events
* Confined space rescue
* Structural collapse rescue
* Vehicle extrication: planes, trains, and automobiles
* Water and ice rescue
* Hazardous materials operations
* Electrical emergencies
* Major event planning
* Part Three: Appendixes
* Appendix A: Sample application
* Appendix B: Operational guidelines: Rescue Company 1
* Appendix C: Rescue 1 Tool list
* Index
* Supreme sacrifices


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