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NCTMA Update

The North Carolina Tactical Medical Association has had its work cut out! Over the past few months we have been continually pushing forward to make the association both beneficial and relevant to the... Read More...

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Does Your Agency TRULY Benefit the Continuum of Care?

It should be no secret to any of us that change is on the horizon for EMS. We have been charged with doing things better, at lower costs and with little recognition as a profession. No longer are we ... Read More...

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What does the Congressional Fire Services Institute Have To Do With First Responders?

Shortly after attending Fire Rescue International in Charlotte, I received a call from Gwen Shuford, managing editor of this publication. She saw some literature we displayed at our booth about the m... Read More...

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After the Explosion What Injuries Will You Encounter?

As we learn about trauma medicine, the topic of blast injuries usually gets very little coverage. The thinking on this is that blast injuries are so severe that there isn’t much hope for that patient... Read More...

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The Active Shooter Threat: Command and Control Considerations

In 2016 the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that second only to terrorism, active shooter events are the most complex problem facing public safety agencies in the United States. These events i... Read More...

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Reflection on OUR Fire Service

I recently attended the annual Camp ‘Can’ Do held at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island in Charleston.  If you are not familiar with Camp ‘Can’ Do, the South Carolina Burned Children’s Fund and ... Read More...

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Heavy Vehicle BUS Rescue

I hope this finds everyone well and your summer was good. School is back in session, so there are now thousands of school buses traveling our roads every morning and every afternoon. Once time change... Read More...

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Arson Dogs — An Underutilized Tool in the Fire Investigator’s Tool Box

As in any job that we perform on the fireground, it is essential to use all tools we have at our disposal. We need to use these tools properly and in a profuse manner. I have been a fire investigator... Read More...

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Something New Again?

In the fire service things change very often, sometimes the change is good while other times it’s not so good. Regardless of what takes place, we in the fire service are reluctant to change. We are s... Read More...

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Fire Protection Water Supplies

(This is part one of a two-part series.) Retired Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini is famous for distilling firefighting into “putting the wet stuff on the red stuff.” However, every expe... Read More...

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Followership The Importance in a Successful Organization

The link between leadership, management and the organization is widely understood and accepted in the corporate world. This concept is no different in the fire service past or present. Improving lead... Read More...

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Engine Company Operations — The Second Hoseline

There are many functions that an engine company must accomplish on the fireground. As mentioned in a previous edition of Carolina Fire, getting the first hoseline right on the fireground is a critica... Read More...

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Fire Physics: The New Offensive Fire Attack?

By now, you may have heard, there is a paradigm shift underway within the U.S. fire service — an old fire tactic from yesteryear that was resurrected in 2011 and is still being argued today. I am spe... Read More...

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What’s In Your Kit?

Do you carry a trauma kit? Is there one on your truck? Do you know what is in it? These are fairly simple questions, but contain a deeper context. Given the environment we work in today; it is safe t... Read More...

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The New ‘Elephant’ in the Room: Carfentanil

Recently there has been several incidents where police officers and responders have been exposed to Carfentanil and the results have been catastrophic. For those that are not familiar, Carfentanil is... Read More...

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Issue 32.2 | Fall 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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