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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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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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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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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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The Training Officer and Using Scenarios in Rescue Training

In our training as rescuers we go through classes such as contained in the Technical Rescue standards used in North Carolina. As part of the certification in such classes, rescuers are required to pa... Read More...

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Online Course Design and Development: It Takes How Long?

One of the most underestimated and underrated aspects of online courses is the amount of time it takes to design, develop and teach them. Since its inception, online courses have been grossly underes... Read More...

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Training for Active Killer Situations

The Department of Defense has done an amazing job of determining how to best assess, treat, and evacuate combat casualties over the last 15 years of sustained conflict. The days of professional respo... Read More...

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Give Me My Training

Have you attended the National Fire Academy recently and had to deal with the possibility of a federal government shutdown? Having attended, and knowing others who have, it is unquestionable that thi... Read More...

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Airway Training for a Career, Not a Season

The calendar pages have turned and once again baseball is back. The grass finely manicured like a new haircut, the sun is shining high overhead and batting practice is underway on the field. These ba... Read More...

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College degrees a growing trend for firefighters

In today’s fire service, there is a growing trend towards firefighters acquiring a college degree. As a firefighter moves upward in the organization, not only does the competition become fiercer but,... Read More...

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Heavy Vehicle Rescue Review

We have covered a lot of information over the past several years on heavy vehicle rescue. I want to now go back and review some of the key points before I move onto another topic. Over the past few y... Read More...

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Heavy Vehicle Rescue

The weather is turning warm and it’s time to start planning for upcoming extrication training. As the warmer weather rolls in, so does the increase of drivers on the road. Statistics show that more f... Read More...

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The Dynamics of Leadership Principles, Values and Skills — Putting the Organization First

As I reflect back over the years in my career there is one lesson I remember that resonates from my mentors; “If you put the organization first, then your wants and ambitions will soon follow. But it... Read More...

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The Value in Leadership

At some point in your career, you will be called upon to lead. Or you may be presently serving in a leadership role. Regardless of your present position, if you are taking the time to read this artic... Read More...

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Getting Started: The Basics of Fire Training Design Part 2

This is the second of two articles discussing the basics of Public Safety Training Facility design. Part one discussed the value of starting the project with a comprehensive master plan. Part two wil... 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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