TECHNICAL RESCUE magazine was first published in 1993 and has been the premier publication for rescue personnel worldwide ever since. We concentrate on equipment and techniques in a no-nonsense informal but technically detailed style leaving the politics, procedures and topical stuff to the other magazines in the fire and/or rescue sector. Editorial is independent and draws on the experience of a team from around the world that has hundreds of years of operations between them. Our UK team were all members of the UK's original TECHNICAL RESCUE UNIT headed up by Ade Scott before the standardisation of all Fire Services post-9.11 under the USAR umbrella after which Unit personnel returned to posts in various services from Fire-Rescue/Fire-USAR and Ambulance HART, Coastguard, RNLI, Police, military and Mines Rescue. We've lost a few on the way - Firefighter and caving specialist Alan Bannon was tragically killed in a high rise fire in 2010 and our water rescue guru Jim Segerstrom, co-inventor of the term 'Swiftwater-Rescue' died of a stroke in 2007. Both are sadly missed.
Our current team includes; the man-mountain of Rope Rescue Reed Thorne from Arizona, Jim's co-founder and co-father of swiftwater rescue Dr Mike Croslin, veteran London Fire Brigade extrication instructor Rich Denham, UK Coastguard's head of Technical Rescue Rich Hackwell, World champion extrication medics James Hutchen who also covers us for arb and military stuff and Gary Cross who also covers us for water rescue. RNLI special crafts instructor and full time cox on the London RNLI Lifeboat is Chris Walker, Mines Rescue specialist Brian Robinson gives us confined Space coverage and last but not least is veteran firefighter Adam Jones, rescuer, surfer, climber and arborist and one of the finest problem-solvers we've ever had . Our old stomping ground in South Africa is still represented by mountain and heli rescue veteran Rob Thomas and on the frontline in KwaZulu Natal is paramedic Steve Daly the only one of our long list of colleagues still operating there. Back in the States, our current water rescue editor is Fire Chief Ben Waller of Hilton Head Island in Georgia and our SAR editor Park Ranger Lee Lang is currently stationed in the middle of nowhere in California but is more usually found in Colorado with the Larimer County Rescue team. We've also recently been joined by firefighter/arborist/climber/photographer James Fairfield of Pennsylvania and by Police Rescue veteran Roland Curll from NSW Australia.
Ade Scott (UK)
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