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From the Editor

We survived the winter and the summer months are finally here. If you are like me, I want to be outside doing something or nothing at all is fine too. I enjoy my gardening, cooking on the grill but m... Read More...

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Search and Operational Plans

One cannot deny that the devastating flooding from hurricane Matthew in the eastern part of North Carolina and the disastrous forest fires in the western end of the state in fall 2016 were “ones for ... Read More...

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Updating Your Extrication Techniques for 2017

(This is part one of a two-part series.) For many years I have preached that responders need to learn how to use many types of tools — including hand tools — to perform a given task or techniq... Read More...

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Maximizing Vehicles During Training

Training for vehicle extrication incidents, similar to any emergency services discipline, should begin very structured and slow paced with the intent to develop basic skills and set a minimum standar... Read More...

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I Need a Volunteer!

I recently completed my doctoral dissertation in which I researched the motives to join, expectations to continue serving, and satisfaction levels among volunteer firefighters in South Carolina. Alth... Read More...

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Climbing up the Ladder

When I began my career in the fire service in 1982, I aspired to one day become a chief. I believe that many young firefighters share that dream of one day serving in a leadership position in the fir... Read More...

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Motor Vehicle Crashes Working with the Wrecker Service

At my department, as likely in yours, we see considerable amounts of motor vehicle crashes. With some luck these are only fender benders and once law enforcement investigates, the parties involved dr... Read More...

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National Fire Academy Offers Hazardous Materials Curriculum

The National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland is a tremendous training resource for anyone involved in the fire service. You can attend one class per year where the majority of the costs — tuitio... Read More...

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HAZWOPER: What is It and How Does it Affect us?

Of the plethora of hazardous materials regulations that we learn about in hazmat training and encounter in our hazmat careers, the HAZWOPER Standard is often shrouded in mystery and misunderstood by ... Read More...

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Capnography Trouble Shooting Videos and Protocol Updates

There are two main things I want to talk about in this column. The first are new teaching videos available on trouble shooting continuous capnography equipment. Medtronic has recently created these v... Read More...

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DATA - What’s the Big Deal?

As the spring issue of Fire Rescue Journal goes to press, we have just wrapped up a very successful 2017 South Carolina EMS Symposium. The weather was better than past years and as the dates of the c... Read More...

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The Active Shooter Threat: Why Fire and EMS Agencies Must Prepare

Mass Shootings in the United States The United States has a long history of mass shooting events. The first recorded school shooting in the United States occurred in 1764 at the Enoch Brown School... Read More...

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An Introduction to the North Carolina Tactical Medical Association

The North Carolina Tactical Medical Association would like to introduce and possibly reintroduce itself to the North Carolina fire, rescue and EMS community. Read More...

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Casualty Collection Points: An Underutilized Asset

Often when we talk about mass casualty incidents (MCIs) and active killer incidents the topic of casualty collection points (CCPs) come up; unfortunately, they are merely a topic of discussion. I bel... Read More...

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Heat Causes More Than Stress

With the bipolar weather’s ever so sure grip on the Carolinas, it’s hard to tell what tomorrow will hold. However, we can be certain that this summer will have its share of heat. With this increase i... Read More...

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Issue 31.4 | Spring 2017

Keeping First Responders Safe
Ideas to improve safety on the job, leadership, serving our community and keeping the desire to serve others...
 



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