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Trench Rescue: Soil Types, Trench Wall Failures and More

This article is designed to provide the rescuer with an understanding of the forces associated with soil “failures” and factors directly related to soil destabilization and collapse. It is not all-in... Read More...

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Surface Water Rescue

There are quite a few specialties when it comes to technical rescue and water. Dive rescue, surface water rescue, swift water rescue, ice rescue, surf rescue, just to name some of the big ones. A tea... Read More...

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‘Lights and Sirens’ Dangerous and Not Always Necessary News from North Carolina EMS

EMS agencies and their medical directors should be aware that a significant number of EMS personnel are injured during motor vehicle collisions while on duty and that emergency response “lights and s... Read More...

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Get to Know Your South Carolina EMS Association SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

The makeup of South Carolina Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is just as diverse as the men and women that rise to the occasion and respond to the nearly 1.2 million calls for service that we field e... Read More...

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I Wish it Was Still September 12th

For those of us in the fire and emergency services, we just completed another somber and serious reminder of September 11, 2001. I call it my generation’s “Day of Infamy.” Just like President Rooseve... Read More...

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Reflections: ‘Wear Sunscreen’

In October 2019, it was my honor to celebrate 22 years in the fire service.  I started at Northview Fire Department in Lee County, North Carolina in October 1997.  I have been a member of four other ... Read More...

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We Are Still the Fire Department, right? RIGHT!

Our fire service has been around a while and for those that would suggest that not much has changed since our inception, this article will likely hurt your feelings. In 2018, the fire department I be... Read More...

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Does Firefighter = Alcoholism?

I’ve been in the fire service for the past 29 years. That is a lot of accumulated time and a lot has happened including a lot of funny memories, many sad 911 calls and more things that I am proud of ... Read More...

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Today’s Youth Are Making a Difference

With the steady decline of volunteer firefighters across the nation, I would like to take this opportunity to share a positive story of how high school fire academies can make a difference in communi... Read More...

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Gear Up for Retirement News From the NC State Treasurer

Throughout the day, firefighters and rescue workers are busy planning, responding to various calls for service and helping others in the community, with nearly 75 percent of North Carolina’s fire pro... Read More...

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Social Media in Public Safety

Social media in public safety has become an interesting and ideal area of debate in the last few years. As technology changes and demand for instant results continue to improve our way of life, it al... Read More...

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The 7 Qualities Fire Service Leaders Must Possess

(This is part one of a seven-part series on leadership.) During this series we will be examining the seven qualities that are necessary for a leader to be successful in leading the organizatio... Read More...

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Fear, Snake Oil and Bunker Gear

People tell me that the older I get, the more cynical I will become. To some degree I do believe this. However, instead of being cynical, I like to think of myself as a “realist.” I have spent a lot ... Read More...

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Not All Accreditation is Equal

The proposition of higher education can easily leave someone confused to the point they don’t know whether to scratch their watch or wind their butt. Dozens of programs to choose from, endless forms ... Read More...

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Rope Based Casualty Extraction — An Introduction

Agencies across the country are preparing for the next act of mass violence. Rescue Task Force (RTF), Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) and Tactical Fire Companies are quickly becoming common p... Read More...

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