LOCKDOWN: This is Not A Drill

Almost daily news headlines appear with threats occurring all across the nation concerning active shooter situations. Active shooter incidents begin rapidly and end nearly as quickly. The Department ... Read More...


A Hidden Danger in Turbojet Nozzles

I recently uncovered what I see to be a danger for firefighters in structural interior firefighting. When it comes to interior firefighting, gallons per minute (GPM) is of the upmost importance in ex... Read More...

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The First Standard to Address Active Shooter Events NFPA 3000 Emphasizes Integrated Planning, Response and Recovery

It happened again. Another senseless mass killing in another unsuspecting community. Active shooter incidents and hostile events have become a common occurrence around the world. Over the course... Read More...

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The Cancer Blueprint for Change

We have all seen the images of the salty firefighter with the soot covered face, the stains on their gear and charred debris falling off their helmet and air pack. This was seen as a mark of experien... Read More...

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The Fire Service and the Big ‘C’

Here is this quarter’s pop quiz. Aside from heart disease, which can have a number of underlying precipitating factors, what is the deadliest disease in the United States? The answer is malignant neo... Read More...

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Reputation Management

In the past I have written about reputation management because it seems to me, for a while many major fire conferences across the country had someone speaking about this subject, “And the Beat Goes O... Read More...

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NFPA Training Helps Community Members Prepare Homes and Businesses for Wildfires

On Sept. 13-14, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host Classroom Training Week at the Embassy Suites in Charlotte. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about important wil... Read More...

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How Is Your Training?

When you read this, we will be enjoying all that summer brings. I hope everyone’s spring was good, and you were able to enjoy some family time, personal time and just good “ole” down time. This is s... Read More...




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Is Your Relationship with the Organization Status Quo?

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 i... Read More...

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PST or CISM? What’s in a Name?

The Fall 2017 edition of Carolina Fire Rescue EMS Journal contained two very important articles, both on the same page. Perry Hall, in a follow-up to a previous article, pointed out that “everyone ha... Read More...

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Camden Fire Department’s FireFest Set for September

Each year, the Camden FireFest brings a sense of community and pride to our city that is unique to others. This year’s festivities will be held Sept. 29. Read More...

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School Bus Extrication

We’re starting to see the signs of spring with the green and blooming of the trees, letting us know that warmer weather is right around the corner. This is also the best time for training to hone our... Read More...


Waterfalls Rescue and Recoveries

It is that time of year when people will inevitably visit these powerful natural features to awe at their beauty, to photograph them, and for some, to be hurt or killed by the unsuspected dangers the... Read More...

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Calling All Citizens Mass Notification in the Fire Service

On Nov. 17, 2011 around 6 p.m., I sat in the fire station listening to possible reports of a tornado in my community. My municipal fire department was not receiving any calls for service but the coun... Read More...

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Issue 32.4 | Summer 2018

Keeping First Responders Safe

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