Petzl – FDIC 2016

I have always enjoyed working with Petzl products and their representatives are always very good rope rescue professionals. The guys at Petzl were nice enough to let us film a live broadcast on Periscope to check out some of their new products. This is a recording of the broadcast for you to check out. We…

Tricks of the Trade

One of the unfortunate short-comings of the U.S. fire and rescue services is the lack of central location for information and media on tools, techniques, and tactics. Standing around 1.2 million firefighters strong, much information remains in cliques, fringe groups, regionalized, or even within a select few organizations. It is almost tragic, that there is…

About Russell McCullar

Russell is a Senior Instructor with the Mississippi State Fire Academy. His responsibilities include the management of NFPA 1006 Rescue Programs. Russell is a Rescue Specialist and Technical Search Specialist with the FEMA US&R System. His firefighting and rescue career began with the Lafayette County Fire Department in Oxford, MS, as a volunteer firefighter, where he ascended to the rank of Station Captain. As a career firefighter with the Batesville Fire Department, he rose to the rank of Station Lieutenant before his departure in 2010. In 2009, he earned his Masters Degree in Homeland Security at the University of Mississippi where he also received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management in 2005. Over a fourteen-year career, he maintains certificate training in excess of 3000 hours and over 2000 hours of instruction in technical rescue. Russell spends his time instructing other rescuers from Mississippi and around the country. He resides in Brandon, Mississippi with his wife, Sydney.

Generation Why? – Part 2

In the last article, we discussed the often maligned generation Y(generation why?). The act of questioning methods and processes can actually advance our cause in technical rescue. This can be achieved with questioning, critical thinking, and constructive debate. In Part 2 we will explore some “why’s?” that may close capability gaps or even get people’s…

About Russell McCullar

Russell is a Senior Instructor with the Mississippi State Fire Academy. His responsibilities include the management of NFPA 1006 Rescue Programs. Russell is a Rescue Specialist and Technical Search Specialist with the FEMA US&R System. His firefighting and rescue career began with the Lafayette County Fire Department in Oxford, MS, as a volunteer firefighter, where he ascended to the rank of Station Captain. As a career firefighter with the Batesville Fire Department, he rose to the rank of Station Lieutenant before his departure in 2010. In 2009, he earned his Masters Degree in Homeland Security at the University of Mississippi where he also received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management in 2005. Over a fourteen-year career, he maintains certificate training in excess of 3000 hours and over 2000 hours of instruction in technical rescue. Russell spends his time instructing other rescuers from Mississippi and around the country. He resides in Brandon, Mississippi with his wife, Sydney.

Carabiner Quick Tip

A friend of mine taught me this tip a long time ago and I have used it ever since.  Many people who work around rope on a regular basis will mark their equipment with color coded tape.  This helps you identify who the gear belongs to.  Also, if you tape a carabiner you can tape…

About Matt Hinkle

Matt Hinkle is a Staff Instructor at the Mississippi State Fire Academy. He has over twelve years of experience in the fire service and has served in many positions throughout his career including; Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Training Officer and Instructor. He has designed local and state training curriculums, coordinated regional training events, and assisted in the development of national training programs. During his service Matt has received several awards including: Firefighter of the Year (Lafayette County Fire Department), Fire Officer of the Year Finalist (MS Burn Association), Medal of Valor (MS Burn Association), and a Letter of Commendation (City of Oxford). Matt has received over 2,000 hours of technical training in many disciplines including: NFPA 1001-I-II (Firefighter I-II), NFPA 1002 (Driver/Operator), NFPA 1041-I-II (Instructor), Hazardous Materials Technician I-II, Rope Rescue Technician I-II, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Vehicle Extrication I-II, Search and Rescue Technician I-II-III, EMT-B, and Cave Rescue I-II.