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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Several Items Concerning Rescue

I recently returned from the 60th Annual Convention of the North Carolina Association of Rescue and EMS held in Hickory, North Carolina on Sept. 8-11, 2016. There were instructional classes in rescue... Read More...

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Waterfalls Rescues and Recoveries

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

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Heavy Vehicle Rescue

As I sit and write this article, the holidays are upon us. Christmas is only a few weeks away and then we will move into another year. However, when you read this, the holidays will be over. Sometime... Read More...


Heavy Vehicle Rescue

As I write this, we are moving into summer and things are warming up. This is a good time to schedule classes through the summer and fall. More people will be traveling the roads and highways for sum... Read More...


Using aviation as search and rescue support

Last fall I was down at my hangar doing general maintenance when an officer from another fire-rescue agency called to discuss using aviation in rescue support roles. A couple years ago he had taken t... Read More...

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Heavy vehicle rescue

We talked about the statistics of trucks and buses on the highway and the crashes as they pertain to the drivers, road conditions and other factors that contribute to these crashes. We also looked at... Read More...

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But, there is not a standard for that!

Recently, while discussing training standards in North Carolina with members of a rescue association, the topic centered on all of the “rescue standards” available to both paid and volunteer rescuers... Read More...

Relevant Tags: RESCUE A-Z, rescue, training, standards, team, training standards, north carolina

Structural tower rescue

(This is part three of a three part series on structural tower rescue.) Last issue we focused our discussion on structural tower management to include tower related emergencies and medical consi... Read More...

Relevant Tags: RESCUE A-Z, tower, rescue, victim, rescuer, team, structural, ground based, structural tower, tower rescue, rescue team

Pre-planning for large scale incidents

Disasters like Hurricane Sandy that impact large areas and several types of infrastructure, cripple communities and cost us lives are an unfortunate reality we face as First Responders. As firefighte... Read More...

Relevant Tags: FIRE PRE-PLANNING, plans, building, responders, first responders, large scale, pre planning, hurricane sandy, response recovery, situational awareness

Electronic Pre-Plans and Emergency Preparedness for schools

(This is part three of a three-part series on pre-planning.) More often than not, schools have standard procedures for responding to an incident or emergency that aren’t as effective or efficien... Read More...

Relevant Tags: FIRE PRE-PLANNING, schools, planning, electronic, building, emergency, pre planning, first responders, emergency preparedness, fire department

Emergency Response: Command and control

Is Command Failure An Acceptable Incident Outcome? One of the very hot topics of this century, so far, is the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) part of... Read More...

Relevant Tags: incident, ics, emergency, system, command control, command system, incident management, emergency response, fire service

Rescue A-Z: Structural tower management

(This is part two of a three part series.) Last issue we discussed the importance of structural tower awareness to include construction characteristics, structural tower access and some associat... Read More...

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, tower, rescuer, structural, protection, victim, rescue, climbing, structural tower, fall protection, tower management, tower rescue, double lanyard, ladder system

Design build approach for facility renovation and construction

When your district is in need of renovation or expansion of an existing fire or rescue facility, or even a newly constructed station to accommodate growing demands, where do you turn? It can be daunt... Read More...

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, design, build, fire, construction, facility, professional, station, project , renovation construction, facility renovation

Rehab and medical monitoring... Are we doing it right?

How many times over the past few years have you heard the term rehab or medical monitoring? These terms are some of the latest buzzwords in the emergency services realm. With that being said, how man... Read More...

Relevant Tags: EMS 2012, rehab, medical, monitoring, responders, medical monitoring, blood pressure, rehab sector, emergency services, heart rate, further evaluation

Issue 31.3 | Winter 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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