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The rescue resource page covers a range of tactical considerations for performing technical rescues and rescue operations on the fireground. Learn lessons learned from mayday events involving firefighter rescues; news about civilian rescues, like one captain’s controversial solo rescue; tips for managing technical rescue operations – rope, confined space, water, trench, vehicle/machinery, structural, and wilderness rescue; rescue incidents related to natural disasters and other major events; and even animal rescues and some rather odd rescues, like people stuck in trees, machine machines or other unique spots that require fire service intervention.

First responders from several agencies used nine sets of tubes during a technical rescue in Gridley
A Milwaukee firefighter suffered burns to nearly 25% of his body during rescues at a well-involved house fire
Whitman firefighters faced an unusual call
Use the swim method, grab your wire cutters and get help from other crewmembers
Establish side alpha, stay disciplined in your direction, pay attention to sights and sounds, and use “breadcrumbs” to establish a route
Step 1: Back out or attempt to isolate yourself in a room behind a closed door if retreat isn’t possible
San Luis Obispo firefighters rescued the occupant and started CPR
Paulding County first responders faced a worker buried up to his neck in a 20-foot deep trench
The firefighter who adopted “Smokey” plans to train him for ‘stop, drop and roll’ presentations in the school districts
A Franklinville Volunteer Fire Company lieutenant whipped out his personal plasma cutter and cut the rim from around the dog’s neck
Two occupants were also transported to the hospital as a result of the fire
Captain Ronnie Metcalf was treated by EMS for burns before being airlifted to a hospital
Vancouver firefighters used wooden blocks to support the bus as they lifted it off the boy using hydraulic struts
Divers from multiple agencies are using sonar and infrared technology in the search for survivors
Six people who were part of a construction crew filling potholes on the Francis Scott Key Bridge are missing
Vancouver firefighters positioned Engine 1 beneath the man to lessen his fall, which came as the man attempted to rest his feet on a second line
Firefighters rescued the brothers from a burning fifth-floor apartment in Harlem
Neighbors told Hayward firefighters that the owners were out of the country
The plane landed in trees in a heavily wooded area; despite the challenging terrain, the Shelter Cove FD, supported by mutual aid, successfully rescued two adults and a 2-year-old girl
The horse was in a “tight” area, making for “a challenging rescue” that included a number of different approaches Orange County Fire Authority said
Surveillance video from the Tempe FD shows a vehicle speeding through the parking lot, nearly hitting multiple firefighters
Captain Mark Baranko was returning home from the store when he came across the house fire
With the stairs set ablaze by the burning battery, residents in the four-story building had to scale down the fire escape, FDNY said
Troy Firefighter James Bertolino was on a flight to Mexico when a passenger experienced chest pain
Birmingham firefighters worked to rescue the driver from under the beam, estimated to weigh 60,000 pounds
Truckee Meadows Firefighter-Paramedic Alex Hughes and Captain Greg Lompa on the harrowing call involving the “Avengers” actor
Louisville Firefighter Bryce Carden credits teamwork in the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge rescue
Racine firefighters rescued two children during an early-morning house fire