From the Editor - Fall 2014

CarolinaFireJournal - Sherry Brooks
Sherry Brooks Editor
10/10/2014 -

As an EMT or paramedic, how do you feel when you arrive at a call and there are children involved? Do you panic a little? Do you feel you have all the information you need to make informed treatment decisions?


In this issue, Dr. Peter Antevy writes about “Kids and Strokes, Are They Little Adults?” He advises you on resuscitation, the signs of pediatric stroke, the risk factors, time delays and most importantly the “destination determination.” You will understand why Dr. Antevy believes from the pre-hospital perspective that kids may be little adults after all. His article is on page eight.

There is an interesting article for emergency responders in this issue by Bobbie Merica. You may have read some of her books or met her at an EMS conference — she is an expert on moulage. On page 11, Ms. Merica explains the importance of moulage as a training technique to desensitize first responders to the many horrors they encounter at accidents. Ms. Merica says the addition of moulage“supports the sensory perception in a training exercise.” She told me she also tries to incorporate as many smells into the equation as she can to extend those sensory perceptions and she does this by visiting emergency rooms. I will have to add that her artistry is so realistic that many in our office were a little squeamish looking at her photos that appear in this issue.

For those of you who keep up with our cover rotation, you may have noticed we moved the EMS cover to our Fall issue this year. We did this to coincide with two EMS conferences. The first is the Emergency Medicine Conference in Greensboro, October 4-8. This is the 41st year. Sponsored by the N.C. Office of Emergency Medical Services, it will be held at the Sheraton Koury Center. The second is EMS World Expo. It will be held November 9-13 in Nashville. For more information, visit If you are attending, please stop by our booth and let us know your thoughts or ideas for future issues - or just to say hello.


While I am not usually interested in reality television, I have to admit to watching a few episodes of the series on hoarding. But I never related that to firefighters. Ryan Pennington shares his second installment on “Heavy Content Environments,” which is found on page 35. He has recently listened to personal accounts of entering these environments and how these firefighters maneuvered and crawled over the piles, and what an unstable situation they were in. He wants all firefighters to understand that there is no such thing as a “clean” hoarder house. Make sure to read his article and discuss with each other your experiences and how to make your next call to a hoarding environment much safer.


We welcome Randal Rhodes as a new writer to Carolina Fire. He writes on training today’s firefighters who come from a more technological background. The training uses interactive software to “enhance the overall learning and memory retention for students.”Students experience 3D interactive learning by putting away the textbooks and bringing learning alive on an interactive video wall and computer stations. Being able to walk virtually through airplanes, study any city airport and learn strategies and tactics is just the first step in creating more modern environments for firefighter training. His article is on page 48.

I hope everyone is reading the articles in our Homefront section. You receive the training you need to keep you safe on the scene, but what happens after you return to the station and to your families is just as important. Remember to help yourself and be a friend to your fellow firefighter. Speak up and make sure everyone has good mental health training as well.

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