FROM THE EDITOR - Summer 2011
By Sherry Brooks
|The South Carolina Fire-Rescue Conference was held in Myrtle Beach last month. What a great way to get in touch with our readers. We certainly enjoyed seeing everyone who visited our booth. Thanks for your feedback on what you would like to read in future issues of Carolina Fire Rescue EMS Journal.
I hope you had a chance to visit all the vendors and check out the new products they were presenting. That is one of my favorite things. I was impressed with the latest innovations in firefighting techniques and products.
I was equally impressed with the organizations dedicated to the emotional health and well being of firefighters and their families. One such organization is the Charleston Firefighter Support Team. Team leader Gerald Mishoe told me the team has developed services that are easily accessible and available to meet the needs of firefighters and their families. These services range from crisis intervention and couples counseling to alcohol and substance abuse counseling. If you need more information, call
Another important conversation was with Cindy Ell, the founder and president of the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation. Her mission is to work to extinguish firefighter cancer through resources, education, wellness and research. Her organization is partnering with companies and other organizations for not only the firefighters, but also their rescue dogs. She had a lot of good information. Visit her Web site at www.FFCancer.org.
This issue of Carolina Fire Rescue EMS Journal speaks to many issues for the first responder. One such issue is wildland fires. Gov. Beverly Perdue declared a state of emergency in 29 eastern North Carolina counties recently. This allows the state to seek federal assistance and ask for help from other states to combat the wildfires burning the drought-ridden coast.
David Greene writes about some key issues in this emerging problem for the fire service. With the establishment of more subdivisions in wooded areas without defensible spaces and the drastic financial cuts in the forestry commission, the fire service is the next defense. Is the fire service ready? Read the article for three strategies you should follow.
In our forum section this issue, Scott Loftis speaks to the next generation of firefighters. Read his column and let me know your opinion. What are you doing at your firehouse to prepare the fourth generation to succeed?
One issue that comes up over and over is the future of the volunteer firefighter. Tim Wojcik writes about the myth in the American fire service that our volunteer forces are dwindling at an alarming pace. What do you think?
Lastly, I have to make a comment about Ken Farmer’s column in this issue. As many of you know, Ken calls his commentary “barnyard management.” He always relates lessons to living on the farm. Well, this column starts out that way, but quickly shifts into a whole other realm. Some men may think he’s gone to the dark side. Only Ken could relate “The 5 Love Languages” to improving your relationships with the members of your firehouse or station. It’s no wonder Ken’s column has been a beloved staple in our publication for years.