From the Editor - Winter 2010

CarolinaFireJournal - Sherry Brooks
Sherry Brooks [email protected]
01/10/2010 -

How can it be 2010? Weren’t we just worrying about our computers crashing and stockpiling food when we entered the year 2000?


Time passes quickly. But maybe before we’re celebrating July 4th in a blink of an eye, we can think about those changes we need to make for 2010. All of us make the personal goals such as losing weight and becoming more organized, but what about our career goals?

This issue of the Journal is one of our best. It is full of ideas to improve safety on the job, leadership, serving our community and keeping the desire to serve others.

Our special safety section begins on page 12. Michael Dallessandro describes the difference between a “professional apparatus driver operator”and just a driver. He asks the question, “are you an accident waiting to happen type driver or do you approach the job seriously from the moment you step into the truck?”  You may want to evaluate yourself and your team.

A very important topic in the EMS community is the safety of first responders. Bradley Dean writes, “We are at the beginning of a safety revolution in EMS.”How dangerous of a profession is it? Dean says being run down on the roadway and ambulance accidents are the major cause of EMS deaths. There has been some headway in roadway safety, but ambulance standards are a major concern. Get involved in this issue. There have been many standards put in place for fire apparatus, but few towards the engineering and safety of the ambulance design.

Tim Wojcik gives us the first five of his “10 Commandments for Public Safety Educators.”In my experience as a trainer and manager, number four on his list is tough. He says, “Thou shall never give a person up as hopeless, or cast him out.”Read other nuggets for those taking the sometimes thankless, but important job as a trainer or instructor in your field.

“Are We Heading in the Right Direction?”comes from Lenny Yox, who asks that we prepare our future leaders before they are promoted and “thrown under the bus.”“Set standards, be firm about those standards, and your people will attend the classes they need if they are really serious about that promotion or position within your department,”writes Yox.

Stephen Marks asks, “Did you choose your profession out of a desire to serve others?”  If so, after so man years on the job, has it become “simply a routine?”Marks explains how to recapture that original desire.

David Pease continues to train us on extrication and keep us up to date on the latest tools of the trade. He writes about windshield removal and rope rescue in this issue.

Has your department trained on the “advanced steels?”Ron Moore explains the problems you will encounter with these advanced steels and gives you solutions. If you can’t afford the latest and greatest power cutter, he has several options for your mental “toolbox.”

Those are just a few articles that will jump start your thinking for 2010. In our Spring issue we’ll feature:

  • Telemedicine —the new frontier
  • Choosing accessories for your vehicle
  • The business of fire
  • Continuing education in the Carolinas
  • Myrtle Beach conference planner

Please visit our new Web site at and give feedback to our writers, share their articles with your friends and enjoy the new features that we’re adding each month.

I look forward to hearing from you on your 2010 resolutions and I’ll let you know how my diet and organizing plans are going.

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