FROM THE EDITOR - Spring 2015

CarolinaFireJournal - By Sherry Brooks
By Sherry Brooks Editor in Chief
04/24/2015 -

I have an interview with Tim Hayes in this issue. Many will remember in 2003 while Tim was working a minor accident on a local interstate, a tractor-trailer slammed into the scene. Tim’s legs were severed above his knees. We talked about the changes made to keep first responders safe and Tim’s achievements since the accident and his incredible attitude since the tragedy. See my interview with Tim on page 31.


Safety for first responders is an ongoing topic for Carolina Fire Rescue EMS Journal. Jonathan Olson continues his series on ambulance safety on page 26. He says there has been some outstanding work done by industry leaders to improve the safety for you and your patients if involved in a collision. With over 4,500 motor vehicle crashes involving ambulances in the U.S. every year (and with 35 percent resulting in a death or injury), it is good news to hear new ambulance construction standards are on the way. Jonathan also hopes to see new standards to retrofit many of the safety features into remounted and refurbished ambulances.

We’re very fortunate to have an article in this issue from Brittany Haigler, assistant chief of administration at Concord High School Fire Academy. North Carolina has 38 high schools that offer this opportunity to their students. Brittany was homeschooled until her sophomore year of high school and her reason for attending public school was the chance to attend the fire academy. Her enthusiasm is refreshing as she tells us about her growth as a firefighter and her personal growth as she’s become part of the brotherhood, learning teamwork and leadership. Read more on page 21.

Salisbury Battalion Chief David Morris has a story on the value of training and preplanning. His article on page 54 takes us through the fire at Okey Dokey in the downtown area of Salisbury and how training and planning keep everything safe and got the job done. He says many success stories were found in the operations of that particular fire, including the interoperability with regional fire departments from Charlotte, Concord and Kannapolis. Chief Morris says if you “check your equipment thoroughly, train with meaning and create good habits daily, everything else will fall into place.”

Obviously, there were many good leaders at the Okey Dokey fire that day. What makes a good leader? Doug Cline gives us a roadmap with“8 Attitudes of a Servant Leader”in his story on page 56. A few indicators of a servant leader include someone that expresses encouragement, has genuine empathy, and is humble and not politically motivated. Most reading this article will recognize someone they know or maybe a few qualities in themselves or leadership qualities they would like to adopt.

Hope to see many of you at the South Carolina Fire Rescue Conference June 8 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. This is a chance to hear some outstanding speakers and attend hands on training classes. For more information see page 71.

Congratulations to the NCAFA Chief of the Year, Chief T.J. McLamb, Spring Lake Fire Department and Volunteer Chief of the Year, Chief Len Needham, Bahama Fire and Rescue.

Image courtesy of Barry McRory, Captain - Colleton County Fire and Rescue



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