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The Rapid Response resource page features expert analysis on recent news events. These in-depth articles also provide fire departments and leaders with top takeaways to learn from and relevant resources to bring back and implement within your own agency to always be prepared.

Divers from multiple agencies are using sonar and infrared technology in the search for survivors
A house explosion and a semi-truck blast resulted in the death of one firefighter and at least 18 injured between the two scenes
Practical takeaways from the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade shooting for initial treatment and safe transportation
Recent incidents highlight issues of favoritism and territorialism clouding decisions around mutual-aid response
Leaders must ensure that the necessary counseling and recovery resources are available for their responders
Preplanning is critical to identifying the unsafe living conditions in your area
While no fire department is ever fully prepared for such extreme conditions, we must constantly review and practice our response efforts
Fire Chief Reggie Johnson and Communications Shift Supervisor David Bradshaw address the mayday call, fill-in response, and heroic acts amid loss of life
Montgomery County crews faced a complex and dangerous scene with a plane entangled in power lines dangling 100 feet above the ground
Explosion
Firefighters must ensure that they have and properly maintain air monitoring equipment to quickly identify dangerous environments
Mayday training, preplanning, mutual-aid agreements and scene size-ups emerge as common themes in major incidents
Violence
Unprovoked killing of Lt. Alison Russo-Elling is a tragic reminder that first responders are putting their lives at risk for choosing to serve their community
Paid and volunteer firefighters worked together to answer hundreds of calls for rescues
Firefighters must remain vigilant at explosion response scenes, particularly when the blast source has yet to be identified
A passenger from the Missouri Amtrak derailment shares details of the response involving nearly 20 local and state agencies
Fires in expansive structures – in this case 1.2 million square feet – can quickly overwhelm fire protection systems and crews
In the wake of two fires that left dozens dead, including many children, we must reinforce our life safety messages and focus on member support
Community support and agency coordination will be essential to assist search, rescue and recovery missions across the Midwest
Crews must focus on the job at hand, not speculate about the cause; we can leave that to the experts
Ohio and Kentucky fire departments work in a unified command to manage a fire and hazmat incident on the Brent Spence Bridge connecting the states
A freak accident in San Francisco underscores the dangers of working near moving vehicles
Firefighters must plan the tactical needs for all high-hazard environments in their response area
Seeing the signs and signals of environmental change is like recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke or heart attack
Roadway LODDs are tragic reminders of the importance of time, distance and shielding to reduce hot zone risk
Pennsylvania Turnpike crash underscores importance of MCI planning, unified command efforts and rehab services for long-duration events
How firefighters can work with childcare facilities to help underscore fire safety
Initial observations from the Philadelphia chemical facility fire underscore importance of preplanning and SMEs
Remember any patient can turn violent, and make a patient assessment/search a part of your situational awareness approach to scene safety