FROM THE EDITOR


CarolinaFireJournal - Sherry Brooks
Sherry Brooks
10/22/2013 -

For me, there has never before been an issue that had me laughing out loud one minute and shedding tears the next. For example, you’ll want to read David Greene’s article on page 13. The scene of a possible hazmat situation is definitely not the time to play a guessing game, but David’s crew is doing just that and the ending had me laughing. Dedra Cline heads up our Homefront section on page 56, and she gets to the heart of family in her article, “What is Your Greatest Memory?” Just a warning, even the most macho of you might shed a tear as you read what these wives have to say about their experiences and how they came to know the true meaning of Brotherhood.

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How many of you watch “Duck Dynasty?” Whether you do or don’t, you’ll enjoy Ken Farmer’s inspiring story of this family on page three — their work, values and spirituality — and the lessons we can learn from this business founded by Phil Robertson.

We highlight hazmat in this issue and Griff Mason’s article on page eight, “Keep Your People Safe and Spend Less” points out one of those fortunate times where you can spend money to save money, upgrade your technology and also increase your team’s safety.

I love Glenn Clapp’s headline, “The Proper Care and Feeding of a Hazmat Team.” Glenn talks about funding, reimbursement, training and motivating, and most importantly, how to keep a volunteer team together. Read his article on page 10.

We just felt the effects of our first tropical weather of the season. In their article, “Is Your Station Prepared For a Storm,” Kevin Ensor and Joseph Ferko give you a check list of ideas to make sure you have your station ready before you’re called upon to rescue and take care of the public. Read more on page 34.

The problems with funding and recruiting for volunteer departments is a topic I hear discussed at many conferences. Bob Twomey says specialization is survival for the all-volunteer rescue squad. Twomey’s story is on page 40.

We appreciate the men and women that take the time to write articles for the Carolina Fire Rescue EMS Journal. Most are volunteer firefighters, have full time jobs and a family. Their time is at a premium, which makes their contributions to the publication even more impressive. Thank you for sharing the information that helps your fellow professionals!

As always, let me know topics you would like covered or training you would like discussed in future issues. If you would like to write an article, let me hear from you. You can reach me at [email protected].
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