CFJ Vol. 25, No. 3 (Winter 2011)

Local Firefighters Spring into Action at Davidson College

DAVIDSON, N.C. – On Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 3:47 p.m., the Davidson Fire Department, with mutual aid from the Cornelius Fire Department, were dispatched to the Sentelle Dormitory at Davidson College for a report of smoke on the fourth floor. Davidson’s Engine 3 was on the scene within 3 minutes of the alarm. The occupants of the building had already been safely evacuated. Read More »

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Basic Elevator Indentification

Consider these facts. There are approximately 600,000 elevators in the United States, or about 12,000 in each state. There are 120 billion rides on elevators and escalators each year. Out of those 120 billion rides, about 10,000 people end up in an emergency room due to elevator- or escalator-related accidents. These accidents are caused by tripping, by clothing getting caught, by being hit by closing elevator doors or by falling down an elevator shaft when trying to exit a stalled elevator car.

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National Volunteer Fire Council Establishes Japanese Firefighters Association Relief Fund

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) joins with the rest of the world in expressing their sorrow at the loss and devastation in Japan that has resulted from Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. The NVFC has established an International Relief Fund to assist the Japan Firefighters Association in their relief efforts. Please make a contribution to help aid the Japan Firefighters Association during this time of extreme crisis. Read More »

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Local NC Group Announces Support for First Responders

RALEIGH, NC (March 16, 2001) - Local public safety officials will soon have help paying for the in-service safety training that is critical to the life-or-death services they provide.  The 200 Club of Wake County has announced a donation of $10,000 to the Wake Tech Foundation to support training for law enforcement, fire safety, and emergency services personnel who live or work in Wake County.  The 200 Club, a group of citizens dedicated to supporting the families of fallen public safety officers, announced the donation at its 10th anniversary luncheon at Wake Tech's Public Safety Education campus. Read More »

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American LaFrance opens Eagle fire chassis sales to industry OEMs

SUMMERVILLE, SC – American LaFrance debuted its new 2012 model Eagle fire chassis at FDIC 2011 in Indianapolis.  On the opening day of the show, the company announced it will now distribute the 2012 model Eagle fire chassis through select fire and emergency manufacturing partners. Read More »

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Who checked the truck?

When you are checking the same truck for the 100th time this year, do you ever wonder why you do it? I mean other than the fact that it is on the daily duty list and your officers require it. Let me impart a slightly different perspective. Have you ever stopped to think that your truck check off might just save your life?

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Concord High School Fire Academy

As one walks up to the door of the Concord High School Fire Academy, you can tell that this is going to be a mind opening experience. The sign on the door speaks volumes; “Through these Doors Walks the Future of the American Fire Service.”

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Antique and Modern Fire Apparatus on Display during Rekindle Society Parade

On Saturday April 2nd, 2011, the Rekindle Society invites you to their Third Annual Muster and Parade.  The Rekindle Society is the Carolina's local chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA). 

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EMS 2018 — a wake up call

I recently attended the National EMS Educator’s Symposium in Chicago where the keynote address was all about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. You may know this better as the infamous “Healthcare Reform Act.” Although EMS (in its current form) is only mentioned four times in the entire 1900 pages, I think it is safe to say that we might be on the edge of a substantial change to how we operate.

Imagine working for a system where the public has a right to know your IV stats and the percentage of your patients that don’t quite make it.

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Anchor-Richey EVS Added as American LaFrance Dealer for Carolinas

SUMMERVILLE, SC – American LaFrance, LLC has signed Anchor- Richey Emergency Vehicle Services (EVS) as its new dealer for coverage in North Carolina and South Carolina.  Located in Taylorsville, NC, Anchor-Richey has over 25 years of experience in the fire and emergency vehicles market. 

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15th Annual North Carolina Fire & Rescue Instructors Conference will be held in Asheville

Asheville - The North Carolina Fire & Rescue Instructors Conference will be May 4-7, 2011 in Asheville North Carolina. The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza, formerly the Holiday Inn Sun Spree.

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Want to be a respected company officer?

Today’s company officer must be well-versed, not only in firefighting tactics, but also in management theory, supervision and leadership. All too often however, an individual may transition from firefighter to fire officer overnight; one day the person is led, the next day he is the leader. To make this situation even harder, this individual often has little or no training in management, supervision, and leadership, specifically in the art of human behavior.

Becoming a company officer is a big sthat takes hard work, preparation, years of training, and some good mentors to get you going in the right direction. Unfortunately, if the new officer is not prepared when the promotion comes, that person could be in for a hard road, at least initially.

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Remembering One Meridian Plaza

In each of our jurisdictions, we have a building that is our worst case fire scenario. Unfortunately, we are sometimes faced with circumstances that turn out to be our worst case scenario. Thankfully, we are fortunate enough to almost never see our worst case building and our worst case circumstances come together in the same incident. However, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared for such an occurrence. Our case study takes a look at an incident where everything goes wrong. Despite its tragic ending, the facts outline a series of events that could have ended much worse. The entire report is available from the U.S. Fire Administration’s Technical Report Series at http://dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/tr-049.pdf.

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Course to focus on WMD attack and response

The threats against America and its citizens has become real, and the need for ready responders is ever more critical. Response personnel must remain vigilant, and skilled with the preparedness knowledge to protect the citizens and cities they serve.

An organization or community should not question its readiness or the abilities of its response forces. The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Ala., plays a leading role in preparing cities and local response forces to protect, prevent, deter, and respond to acts of terrorism or major accidents involving hazardous or toxic materials, or events resulting in mass casualties.

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Quick drills: basic hose handling

Sometimes it is hard for fire departments, especially smaller volunteer departments, to create or find drills and trainings to use on training nights. There are many drills that you can do quickly but that will provide benefits to the members of your department.

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FROM THE EDITOR

What an end to 2010! The weather forecasters got it right the first time and then kept flip flopping on where the snow would be and how much we could expect. It was an exciting time for little kids and some grownups having a snowy Christmas, maybe for the first time, but all those on call for the holidays had an idea of what this snowy Christmas holiday would mean for them.

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From truck headlights to the latest in LED

Have you noticed how the scene lighting and equipment that we use today has changed the fire service, and for that matter all of public safety? We have come a long way from using the head lights on the truck to light up the fire grounds, or for law enforcement to look for evidence at a crime scene. It use to be that when you needed lights to work by you would point the truck in the direction you were working, or use a flashlight.

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What is cloud-computing and is it a good option?

Leaders in first response know information is powerful in fighting budget wars, managing daily operations; and protecting the department in lawsuits.

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Paul Lucas retires from EMS Council

Paul Lucas, Executive Director for the Lowcountry Regional EMS Council, announced his retirement effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Starting his EMS career at the age of 18, he has worked as a medic in South Carolina, both Edgefield and Aiken Counties. He became Education Director for the Lowcountry Regional EMS Council in 1993 and appointed Executive Director in 1998. He has served as Executive Director since that time.

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‘Beyond Hoses and Helmets’

The Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) of the International Association of Fire Chiefs is offering an educational training course designed by practicing chief officers that delivers real world expertise through an interactive educational experience. The course is titled “Beyond Hoses and Helmets – Strategy and Tactics of Leading a Volunteer or Combination Fire/Rescue Organization.”

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A thank you to those making a difference

For the past two years I have had the pleasure to lead a mission trip to Guatemala to train their folks in fire and rescue tactics. Both trips included a group of highly dedicated Instructors that gave their time and money to pass along their knowledge in these skills. The other ingredient in these trips, was the equipment that was donated allowing us to do the training that we did. I would like to dedicate this column to the many folks that made this possible.

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Train to failure to improve decision making

On a clear, cold afternoon in January of 2009, U.S. Airways Flight 1549 was wheels up on its way to Charlotte from New York City with 155 souls onboard. Less than six minutes after clearing the LaGuardia runway, Flight 1549 is slowly sinking into the frigid waters of the Hudson River with all 155 persons onboard scrambling to evacuate the A320 aircraft. As The Economists Journal noted in its Sept. 9, 2006 edition, “...in the history of aviation the number of wide-bodied aircraft that have made successful landings on water is zero.”

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Is your mind right?

“What we have here is ... failure to communicate.” This unforgettable line was spoken in the movie, Cool Hand Luke, by Strother Martin who played the infamous “Captain,” a sadistic warden of the southern prison work farm where Luke, played by Paul Newman, attempted numerous escapes and was eventually killed. The reference inferred that the Captain was talking, but Luke was not listening.

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Extrication: strategies in training

Since our last issue, I have taught several extrication classes and managed to survive the summer. My office at the college got moved again, and my wife has nurtured two baby squirrels to health. My trip to Guatemala was great and we accomplished some great training and made lots more friends. You can visit our website at www.RedsTeam.com and see pictures from our trip. One thing I can surely say, “There is never a dull moment.”

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Forest Service flies high over Central Carolina Community College Emergency Services Training Center

The Dromader M18 air tanker flew low over the runway at Central Carolina Community College’s Emergency Services Training Center. Suddenly, 400 gallons of water poured from the plane’s tank, saturating the area below.

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Consider innovation when educating

As we begin a new year, let us take the time to look at ways we can create change within our organizations because simple acts can have dramatic impact on policies, procedures, and finances. First we have to identify changes that can have a dramatic positive impact on provider morale and system processes. Second, we have to successfully diffuse these innovations into our organizations. The key to lasting change is education.

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Rescue and recovery diving

By the time you read this we will be in the heart of the winter. Thanksgiving and Christmas will have come and gone, and we will be starting a new year. This is always a good time to reflect on the achievements of last year and set our goals for the new year. I do hope that everyone had a great Christmas and enjoyed the company of family and friends. Although coming late, I wish all a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

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Low angle rescues

Low angle rescue revolutions are those revolutions that are basically performed upon slopes less than vertical. Historically, these rescues are on slopes ranging from 15 degrees up to about 67.5 degree slope or grade. Technically, they are raises or lowers performed on any slope not considered vertical, or 90 degrees, which would then be considered “high angle” rescues, falling into the vertical raise or lower category.

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City of Rocky Mount FD Awarded $1,000

The City of Rocky Mount Fire Department was awarded a $1,000 stipend from the national nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) to increase its home fire sprinkler education locally by conducting a live fire and sprinkler side-by-side educational demonstration. With funding through a Fire

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Don’t waste thousands of dollars

Most fire departments don’t know that their request for fire truck financing proposals actually set themselves up to receive less bidders, create more confusion for themselves, and get worse financing terms. This article will help guide your fire department to set up a successful Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

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The new deal on financing

The economic climate of the past two years has created a financial landscape where access to personal, mortgage and small business loans has become more restrictive — and the application, documentation and funding process has become tougher. While it may seem like the pendulum has swung too far to the conservative side, in reality, we are simply moving back to an era of prudent lending.

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Volunteer fire and EMS facilities

Volunteer Fire and EMS facilities make up the vast majority of departments throughout the Southeast. Over the past 20 years, many have been faced with urban sprawl that has changed their once rural/agricultural-based communities into suburban sub-divisions, golf courses and strip shopping centers. These changes continue to place additional demands on all emergency services providers, regardless if they are volunteer- or municipal-based departments. These service providers are constantly faced with the issue of facilities renovation/expansion as well as the need for additional facilities as a result of the growth within their service districts. The need for improved facilities is driven by the departments’ desire to provide the best service to their customers, the tax payers, and to maintain or improve the ISO rating of the department.

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Radiological Incidents

In terms of radiological incidents, some hazmat technicians and specialists state: “I don’t do radiological incidents,” or, “I don’t want to glow in the dark.” In reality, radiological incidents — especially those involving properly labeled and transported sources — are usually much easier to manage than incidents involving unknown chemicals. Although radiation is something that we cannot visually see, many emergency services agencies, and especially hazmat teams, possess radiological monitoring equipment that allows responders to accurately detect radiation and ensure the safety of personnel and the public through sound radiological monitoring practices.

Many emergency responders believe that the likelihood of a radiological incident occurring in their jurisdiction is very minute. While it is true that emergency response agencies in areas surrounding nuclear power plants regularly train in the areas of radiological monitoring and incident management — even though the likelihood of the occurrence of such an incident is minimal— we all have routes of transportation upon which the transport of radiological sources may occur. This transportation may be in the form of medical radiological sources or even other shipments through transport companies. The importance of radiological monitoring is also underscored by the standard order of monitoring in hazmat incidents, which is easily remembered as “RCOFT”:

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Understanding natural gas emergencies

Natural gas related calls, whether for an odor of gas in the area, or an actual release, are a common call for almost every fire department across the county. The fire department or hazmat team is typically the first call made for assistance by the community, and depending on dispatch protocols the local gas company may be notified as well. A natural gas incident should be treated as a hazmat incident in addition to the suppression issue it may pose. It is the role of the first responders to handle it as such, and hopefully mitigate the incident before it progresses to the latter.

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Product Review: Globe boots

Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of using a couple of the newest Globe Boots. Globe manufactures several types and styles of boots which protect firefighters in structural and wildland firefighting, technical rescue, and emergency medical services.

In this article we will focus on two of those boots.

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The kitchen is the heart of the station

A fire station, or as many refer to it, a fire “house,” is more than a building built to house fire apparatus, sleep rooms and large Lazy-Boy recliners. It is truly what the second name refers to; it is a “house.” Where I, and most of those working to support our families go to work and then go “home” afterwards, those in the fire service go to work and live at the fire house for a period of time. As we have heard many times, “The kitchen is the Heart of the Home,” it is no different for the fire department.

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Fitness and emergency responders

In your home town and home towns across the U.S. the same thing is evident; fitness becomes more of a trend not of a lifestyle. If the public safety service is to maintain the safety of the public, then we need to press them to maintain there own health and safety.

It tends to be difficult to start a program or even keep a program alive and thriving. The components of a well rounded program are; developing diets, mental health, rehab, proper rest and of course working out. Most of these can be offered to your department by internet companies for little to no cost. As for the actual physical fitness implementation, it will take buy in from all parties and effort to keep the program on the right track.

 

Regulations and Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also make reference to the medical clearance of responders who wear respiratory protection. This would include fire, EMS, and police officers. The Standard-29 CFR 1910.134(c)(1)(ii) states that medical evaluations of employees is required for those who use respirators and who could be placed in a potentially exposed respiratory hazard during routine emergencies.

 

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Getting the most from your NFPA physical program:

So you’ve chosen a vendor and laid the groundwork with your firefighters. Now test day is approaching, and you want to make sure you get the most from your investment. In this article we discuss a few preparatory items and approaches to NFPA testing that will ensure you have a successful and well received medical and fitness evaluation.

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Sustaining your fitness goals for the New Year

Another New Year has arrived, the holiday season is behind us and once again it is time to REALLY get fit. So you sit down and write out your goals to lose weight and get in shape. Things are really going well for the first month. February we are into the routine but may cheat an extra day on the diet and miss a workout or two. Then March arrives and for some reason (time, money, kids, vacations, the dog ate my goals among some of the more popular) we find an excuse(s) and fall back into the “after the holidays I am going to get serious about my health and wellness.”

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Kevin Hyde Appointed To Lead American LaFrance’s Fire Division

SUMMERVILLE, SC – After a two year absence from the fire industry, Kevin Hyde will assume the role of Vice President for American LaFrance’s Fire Division. In his new position, Hyde will be responsible for overall management of American LaFrance’s fire and rescue business.

Hyde will be based out of the company’s headquarters in Summerville, SC. He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Before entering the fire industry, Hyde held management positions with Honeywell Systems, Lockheed Martin and Eaton Corporation.

American LaFrance, LLC is headquartered in Summerville, SC, with additional manufacturing facilities in Ephrata, PA. American LaFrance is held by Patriarch Partners, LLC, a private equity and investment firm located in New York.

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North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center

Although the name is a mouthful, it is one that reflects the unique partnership between the city that built and owns the museum and the corporation that owns the fire trucks displayed inside.

Officially known as the “North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center,” the fire museum combines the City of North Charleston’s vision of fire prevention and safety with one of America’s oldest fire apparatus manufactures, American LaFrance.

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Rocky Mount Fire Dept.Battles Commercial Fire

On 9-26-10 at 11:03 AM Rocky Mount Fire department received a call to 312 E. Battleboro Avenue in the north end of the city. Upon arrival units found heavy smoke conditions pushing from the front entrance and gable vents on the front and rear of the structure. The first arriving crew laid a 5” supply line and pulled attack lines to the CD corner for an interior attack. The first ladder company on the scene performed vertical ventilation and crews extinguished the fire completely in approximately 45 minutes. Battleboro Volunteer Fire Department was called in for mutual aid and assisted with two companies.

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FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing

The attacks on September 11, 2001 forever changed America. War came to our nation’s shores, and the result was the death of more than 3,000 people.

In the tragic aftermath of the attacks, heroes emerged; the American spirit prevailed in the form of New York City firefighters who raced into the mortally wounded World Trade Center buildings to save lives in the moments before the buildings collapsed.

The tragedy of September 11 is nothing to celebrate, but the heroism that was on display is. In the aftermath of the attacks, former FDNY firefighter Kevin O’Brien, who was at Ground Zero, launched the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The FDNY Memorial Outing will return to Myrtle Beach on May 22-25, 2011. The spirit of the outing and the revelry surrounding it are as strong as ever, but the event, after a decade-long run that has included a surplus of laughter, tears, good swings and bad, is coming to a close.

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International Auto Extrication Competition will be held during South Carolina Fire-Rescue Conference

The International Auto Extrication Competition (NAVRC) will be held this year, June 8-10, 2011 in Myrtle Beach, SC.  This is the 27th annual NAVRC and the first in South Carolina.   The event is an opportunity for rescue workers to share best practices, strategies and new technology required to save lives.  Read More »

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