CFJ Vol. 25, No. 4 (Spring 2011)

FROM THE EDITOR

It was early on a Thursday morning in February when I answered a call from the hospital letting us know that one of our employees was there and would call us later when he got into a room. Of course we were all speculating what could have happened. Did he have a heart attack? Was it a car wreck? Why didn’t his wife call and let us know what was going on with our friend Bob?

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First Responders Receive Free Admission to IMAX® Film "Rescue" This Weekend at Discovery Place

Documentary Chronicles Haiti Disaster and Awakens the Spirit of Heroism


If ever a film were intended to speak to what’s inherently good in all people, the new movie from acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Low does just that. Rescue, opening June 18 at The Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre at Discovery Place, offers a firsthand look at the long-standing tradition of both military and civilian response to natural disasters. Audiences are immersed in the training and mindsets of the individuals who answer the call — both personally and professionally — of those in need.

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ASK ERNIE - Spring 2011

“Ask Ernie” is a meeting place for “You” our readers, who have questions about vehicles / apparatus and safety concerns. We have a well trained board of technicians (members of EVT TechTalk) to field questions as they come in.

Eventually “Ask Ernie” will add sections which can include equipment and the challenges you face. This means the answers can come from the person who created the part or a particular brand of vehicle.

We want to hear from you!  To submit your questions for Ernie, e-mail: [email protected].

 

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North Carolina firefighters honor two fallen heroes

On May 7, 2011  Firefighters from all over North Carolina attended The Sixth Annual North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in downtown Raleigh. The event started with a large parade of fire apparatus on Hillsborough Street and concluded at the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial at Nash Square.  There was a memorial service at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

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Help Volunteer Firefighters affected by Missouri tornado

A devastating tornado hit Missouri over the weekend, drawing more than 1,500 police and firefighters from four states to search for survivors in the wreckage. This is the latest disaster to hit the U.S. in a spring filled with horrific storms, tornados, flooding, and wildfires. Throughout all of these emergencies, communities have relied on the dedication and services of emergency responders. However, often these first responders are also victims, suffering from property damage and loss along with their communities. Read More »

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North Carolina Instructor of the Year Award Goes to Hickory Fire Captain

On May 5th in Asheville, Hickory Fire Captain Todd Shoebridge was chosen as the North Carolina Fire Instructor of the Year.  Representatives from the North Carolina Society of Fire Service Instructors presented Shoebridge with the award. Read More »

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SC Firefighters Association Conference was held in Myrtle Beach

The South Carolina State Firefighters' Association is proud to present the 106th Annual SC Fire-Rescue Conference!  The conference was held June 8 - 11 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

 

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General aviation in search and rescue

A few weeks ago while at my hangar doing general maintenance, an officer from another fire-rescue agency called to discuss using aviation in rescue support roles. A couple years ago he had taken the class “Helicopter Use in Search and Rescue Support” offered through the Western North Carolina Fire and Rescue College and McDowell Fire and Rescue College. Since this class, he had been working through his local department to see if  the general aviation community could offer, or supply aerial assistance to them during lost person searches, flood searches and damage assessment, aerial scene management, personnel transport, and so forth. Read More »

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‘KISS’ — keeping it simple

I’ve served in the fire service for nearly 30 years now. During this time, technology has advanced, and the cost of equipment, apparatus, and training props has increased. If the words fire department, rescue, rescue squad, EMS, firefighter, or fire service is any where in the name or title, the cost skyrockets. It’s time that we as firefighters get back to the basics, especially when it comes to training, and training aids.

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Finding the effective wetting agent

When wildfire threatens residential areas, homeowners do whatever they can to protect their property. One response is to apply wetting agents to their houses, but the effectiveness of such agents has been an uncertain matter of opinion. To bring some engineering and science to the question, researchers from the Lee College of Engineering’s Fire Safety Engineering Technology program have been leading a three-year comprehensive study of wetting agents. Read More »

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Through the Lock

In a previous issue we discussed the use of the irons for conventional forcible entry. This article will talk about the very under used and very misunderstood technique of “Through the Lock.”

Through the lock is a type of forcible entry, that instead of attacking the door and area around the lock, we will learn to attack just the lock. This is used most often for your commercial style door, which is usually made up of some type of glass and aluminum. Many will just say to smash the glass out like a normal thug would do and add water to put the fire out. This is truly very unprofessional in all terms, by just walking up and smashing the glass you are creating a recipe for a disaster to happen. We will come back to this caveman thought in a few minutes. 

Let’s just say that there is no fire and we are there in the middle of the night and checking an alarm. Your key holder is at least an hour away, does your department have the resources to hold a company in stand by for the next hour? Now let’s talk about the ways to defeat this door with no or little damage. We must break the door down into a system, after that, look for the weakest link, in most cases it will be the lock
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Extrication: strategies in training

I hope everyone has survived the winter. The weather is starting to warm up and that means folks will be ready to jump in and start training again. I can’t emphasize how important training can be. We saw how quick and unexpected Japan was hit with an earthquake and tsunami. Things can happen here just as quick and just as unexpected. That bad wreck can come at anytime day or night. I continue to see folks driving down the road engaged in either talking on their cell phone or texting as hard as they can go. Driving is a full attention endeavor, and doing other things while driving only invites disaster, one that we have to be ready for, 24/7. Read More »

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The almighty pen: liability and patient refusals

“EMS told us ... that she was not sick enough to transport and they would just take her to triage, and it was cheaper for us to take her by car,” was one of the quotes from a family member after a crew looked at her on scene and she was complaining of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea for the past day or so.

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Your NFPA physical program: After the testing, now what?

(This is part three of a three-part series on health for first responders.)

So you’ve chosen a vendor, laid the groundwork with your firefighters, and survived the testing day. Now what? In this third article of our three-part series, we discuss clearance issues, departmental statistics and record keeping.

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Building construction: How it effects your firefighting

With the renewed emphasis on topics of fire behavior and building construction, realizing what makes up the environment we work in is — and has always been — important to firefighter safety. Recognition of general styles of construction, the materials used, and generic qualities of each enables firefighters and command officers to make better fireground decisions. Having some form of recognition-primed decision-making based on some forms of information is essential to basic fireground operations (tactical objectives) and command strategy development.

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Apparatus safety — Driver or mechanic?

One of the line of duty deaths of 2009 that should have served as a wake up call for some fire departments around our country, was the January 9, 2009 death of Boston Fire Department Lt. Kevin Kelley. As you may recall Lt. Kelley, a 30 year veteran of the Boston Fire Department was killed when the ladder truck he was riding in, Ladder 26, careened down a steep street, crashed into two parked cars, broke through a fence/barrier wall and struck a building resulting in damage, injuries and the line of death of Lt. Kelley.

If you have followed this story during the year you may have noted that this incident has resulted in a fire storm of finger pointing and all of the usual players — the media, the union, the politicians and others have all tried to point at the other when it comes to responsibility. The bottom line here is that no fire apparatus accident in my recent memory has shed more light on the issue of fire apparatus and emergency vehicle preventative maintenance and repair.

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Highway to Hell. Are you on it?

“No stop signs, speed limit; Nobody’s gonna slow me down. Like a wheel, gonna spin it; Nobody’s gonna mess me round.”

Lyrics from AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”

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Applying CISD rules to social networking

Many of us are familiar with the concept of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). As CISD has fallen out of popularity, I wonder if many firefighters and EMTs are using social networking more and more to “defuse and debrief” stressful situations. Read More »

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Tradition versus failure

The fire service is deeply enriched by tradition. In fact the fire service prides itself on tradition. The question though, is does this deep seated tradition cause us to fail sometimes.

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Evolution of trauma response education

It is 38 degrees outside. Roads are slightly wet. You are dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in a remote area of town, at the intersection of Smith road and Country road at three in the morning. You are the only unit available with an estimated 20-minute time of arrival. It is reported that your patient is unconscious.

As you drive, you mentally prepare to respond to the scene. What questions do you ask yourself? Do you go ahead and alert the helicopter? Do you alert the hospital? Do you have a mutual aid agreement? Could the person who called 911 assist? Are you able to take care of more than one critical patient?

How do you prepare to be the only unit available in what is described as a bad, possibly fatal accident in extreme rural territory? This is a scene that could be a reality in the vast majority of North and South Carolina, and although at the time you feel quite alone, it is important to realize that you have an entire emergency response system at your beck and call. What you do and when you do it can truly make a difference for that patient waiting unconscious behind the wheel of a wrecked vehicle. Read More »

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Old Barns

One of the givens about living on a farm is that you always had a barn. We had a wide range of farm buildings on our small tobacco and cattle farm. We had over eight different buildings including a stable, four tobacco barns, a corn shed, a hay shed, a tobacco pack house and a tractor shed! As a result I have lots of memories and warm thoughts about the farm barns.

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College: Save now, relax later

The joy of having children is accompanied by many responsibilities. One that seems to cause a great deal of concern is how to pay for college when the time comes (and it will come sooner than you imagine). There is good reason for that concern: Your child’s college tuition could be one of the largest expenditures you ever make. The best advice you can follow is to start planning right now. Read More »

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Sparky the fire dog celebrates 60 years

On Friday March 18, 2011 a fire service icon celebrated his 60th birthday. That may not seem like such a big deal, but that’s a whopping 420 in dog years! This year Sparky the fire dog, NFPA’s mascot created in 1951, celebrated 60 years of teaching fire safety to children and adults alike.

In Rocky Mount, N.C., Sparky celebrated with a luncheon and birthday party hosted by Alterra Sterling House, an assisted living facility for senior adults. Also on hand for the party were firefighters from the City of Rocky Mount N.C. Fire Department and preschoolers from All Smiles Daycare in Rocky Mount.  The residents were delighted to share lunch with Sparky and the firefighters, and as always, the children were ecstatic to see the fire trucks, talk to the firefighters about fire safety, and share birthday cake with Sparky.

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Communications: The information-driven incidents

Having noticed that this issue will contain communication equipment, your author decided that it would be good to examine which types of incidents are dependent upon information and the means by which we exchange that information or what we commonly refer to as communications. Read More »

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Blurring the line between pre-hospital and hospital care

In the early 1970s, Wake County had a total of two ambulances, both of which were owned by a funeral home — a common practice at the time. When an injured or sick person needed to get to the hospital, it could be a while before one of those ambulances could be on the scene. It would be even longer before any sort of medical assistance could be issued since the ambulance driver was little more than just that — someone with a driver’s license and little, if any, medical training. Further complicating matters was the fact that 911 was in its infancy and available only on a spotty basis. Simply getting word that an ambulance was needed could take time. Read More »

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Upgrade the energy efficiency of your existing station

“How can we reduce our utilities costs in our already challenged budget?” That’s what many departments are asking in this day of reduced revenues. We would all rather be dealing with the challenges faced while proceeding through construction of a new station, but fewer departments can currently afford that privilege.

If you have access to some capital funds, but not enough for new construction or renovations, consider items that will extend the life of the existing facility and reduce other annual costs. Some of these upgrades that “pay back” are more expensive than others, but all are worthy of your attention.

For this limited examination we consider several issues that are extremely critical to the energy consumption rate of facilities. They included: Building Envelope, Electrical, and Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning (HVAC).

Building Envelope

Insulation. Before the middle of the last century, building insulation was rarely used as a stand-alone product. The building materials, due to their inherent properties, provided a degree of insulation. Some Departments felt that a “12 inch, solid masonry wall” would have all the thermal buffering they needed. In truth, though, the solid masonry provided a relatively low insulation value. And, on the rare occasion that actual insulation was used, it typically had very low resistance (R) values.


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Strategic vision in your organization

With only a week until the due date for this article, I knew I would have to pick a topic that I was truly passionate about if I was going to be able to produce something in time to make print.

I immediately was drawn to what I feel to be one of the most powerful topics in the fire service, one that holds the ability to salvage a sunken ship organization from the depths, and help them once again thrive and succeed for generations to come; that topic is strategic vision.

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Getting the team involved

The hazardous materials response community can be very political, and it is important that a team or organization be able to function accordingly. The team must be proactive and engage whenever possible. Hazardous materials incidents can be quite large and involve multiple agencies that do not ordinarily work together.

Get involved and network with other agencies and teams, as well as market the team based on its abilities. There are infinite possibilities available to a hazmat team if the initiative is made. Initially, the organization or host agency must determine several things; the scope or capacity it will operate, the expectations of the community, and its level of preparedness.

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The ‘Big Five’

Back in the 1980s, a concept emerged in the aviation world known as “Crew Resource Management” (CRM), which broadly applied to the study of human behavior in aviation — e.g. how flight crews react to and handle in-flight situations — and specifically related to a “Unified Command” type concept in managing flight operations through joint input of crew members. An additional component of this concept was the development of a “flow” in each crew member’s actions in each type of specific situation or operation — performing task A before task B, etc. This same idea of developing an operational “flow” is also evident in fire service operations, such as pumping operations on the fire scene. The prudent apparatus operator, or aspiring apparatus operator, will develop a distinctive “flow” in his or her actions, as is summarized by some sources in the Seven Steps of Pump Operation.

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Hazards of the patient assessment

In the last segment we talked about how the patient assessment helps the responders as much, as if not more, than the patient. By doing a thorough assessment, lots of hazards to the responders can be identified and avoided. Now you have your patient loaded into your unit and you’re on the way to the hospital.

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When to begin plans for your new station

When do you begin plans for your new station? That’s like asking someone who is planning life when is the right time to go to school, have children and retire. You need to have an understanding of the goal for each step, the timeframe from commitment to completion of the plan and how costs are going to impact decisions. However, the one constant is that something is going to change along the way and adjustments to the best made plans could be necessary. Read More »

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Evaluating mapping software and GPS

As I write this article, I have just returned from a week of jungle search and survival training in Costa Rica. It is a beautiful country with lots of dense jungles and remarkable creatures. During my training there I was able to work with several items that I will be writing about over the next few issues. I also plan to do an article about our training in the jungles, and tell you about a class we plan to do in the future. It was great training, but I am glad to be back in the USA. Read More »

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Choosing an UTV for your department

In recent years, the big brother of all terrain vehicles (ATV) known as the utility vehicle (UTV), have seen a rapid rise in use by emergency services organizations across the country. Fire, police and EMS are now seeing a wide variety of uses and applications for these UTV vehicles, including wildland fire fighting, emergency medical evacuation from remote locations, police search and rescue operations, crowd control, and SARS urban interface, to name a few.

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Keep it fresh: Refuel the passion in your job

Is your relationship with the fire service at best “Status Quo”? Just like any relationship it has to be worked at. Often when we analyze where we are in a relationship we find we have abandoned the love we had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; regroup and start doing the work you did at first. In other words, refuel the passion for the job!

To maintain the status quo is to keep the things the way they presently are, to stop developing, progressing or advancing; become sluggish or dull; become stale, foul or dead. So what causes firefighters to go into Status Quo?

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New Dealer for American LaFrance — Anchor-Richey

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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Eagle Fire Chassis Debuts

American LaFrance debuted its new 2012 model Eagle fire chassis at FDIC 2011 in Indianapolis.

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Deschutes River Manufacturing Expands to Japanese Market

Deschutes River Manufacturing, an Oregon-based company, has recently been preparing for its second foray into international sales and export. After a successful sales trip to Saudi Arabia last spring, they are preparing to approach the firefighting industry in Japan, aiming to raise awareness and increase sales of their product — the Rookie Sidekick fire hose management system.

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America’s Female Firefighters Turn Up the Heat in Myrtle Beach, SC

America’s Female Firefighters rush into burning buildings to help those who need it, but they continue to bring aid to burn survivors long after the fire is out. The non-profit 501(c)3 Florida based corporation, as part of their continuing effort to help others will be attending the S.C. Fire Rescue Conference, June 8-11 in Myrtle Beach at their sponsor’s booth, Emergency Apparatus, Inc. Fans and supporters will be able to get an autographed copy of the America’s Female Firefighters Calendar. Read More »

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Hale Names Safe Firefighter

The most recent recipient of Hale’s Safe Firefighter of the Month Award is Zach Cottrell of Bucksport Fire Station, Myrtle Beach, S.C. He has served as a firefighter and emergency medical technician with the fire station since March 2009.

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Kimtek Introduces New MEDLITE EV Unit

Kimtek Corporation has introduced the MEDLITE Transport EV, a custom skid unit designed for the new Polaris Ranger® EV. This powerful combination is a breakthrough for medical service agencies forced to work in tight crowds and not wanting to expose patients, crews, and the public to noxious fumes associated with gas powered UTV units.

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Kochek Introduces New Holley Transfer Pipe

Kochek Company has introduced the patented Holley Transfer Pipe for efficiently moving water from dump tanks to drafting tanks. This process, commonly used in rural firefighting, is vital in saving firefighters time. The Holley Transfer Pipe replaces existing lower volume, more complicated and labor intensive methods of transferring water.

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Improved, compact Exhaust Removal

MagneGrip Exhaust Removal Systems eliminate breathing vehicle exhaust emissions in firehouses. The Flexhose system now has a cast aluminum carrier elbow for lighter weight, cooler operation and increased durability. A support cable inside the hose eliminates stretching or stress and also ensures a smooth nozzle disconnect with every exit. Read More »

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RollNRack introduces FASTBACK

This heavy duty, patent pending manual hose roller is firefighter-designed to make attack line or forestry hose management a snap. The FASTBACK is ergonomically designed to roll 1.5” or 1.75” lines quickly without the danger of back injuries due to the nature of the task. The aluminum and stainless steel old world design is easy to use, efficient and maintenance free. The in line brushes remove all debris while rolling hose in tight rolls. The hose roll drops to the ground when the coupling jaw fork releases the coupling. Reflective stickers and shoulder strap enhance the safe operation of the unit. Read More »

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Smith’s Detection Secures Super Bowl

Smiths Detection says multiple local and national security agencies used the company’s threat detection systems and training to help secure the Super Bowl in addition to other events and venues associated with the football championship game.

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Paramedic Refresher Course in July

Todd Baker, Director of Training and Education for Southeastern Emergency Equipment, an international distributor of emergency medical equipment and supplies, has announced the center will offer the next Paramedic Refresher Course July 25-31, 2011. The Paramedic Refresher Course will be held at the Southeastern Emergency Equipment Training and Education Center, located at 5762 Hwy 96W in Youngsville, N.C. just north of Raleigh. Read More »

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Local Group Announces Support for First Responders

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.

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It’s not all about trucks

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Going Green and Extinguishing Fires

Our mission at Fire Service Plus, Inc. is committed to saving lives, property and protecting the environment by manufacturing the most environmentally friendly firefighting agents in the world employing green agent technology.

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Be Chemical Spill Ready

The SpillKleen® Chemical Spill Kit, is a convenient laboratory spill kit with everything the emergency responder, EH&S professional, or employee who routinely uses chemicals, needs to neutralize, absorb, and render safe most small, routine chemical spills, including acids, bases, mercury spills, and spills with explosive vapors.

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Less Risk = Less Liability

ClearCollar allows first responders, doctors and nurses in the field to assess injuries without removing the cervical collar, reducing the risk of undetected injuries.

Post-trauma, changes in the neck may be a primary indicator of thoracic injury and can develop into life threatening conditions.

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2011 SC Fire-Rescue Conference June 6-11

The 2011 South Carolina Fire-Rescue Conference will be held in Myrtle Beach, SC, June 6-11, 2011. The goal is to provide a training and education conference that is entertaining and professionally stimulating.  Read More »

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Exciting Activities to Enhance Your Myrtle Beach Visit

Pleasantly located on the northern end of the Grand Strand, North Myrtle Beach offers an abundance of exciting activities that are sure to please anyone.  It’s no wonder North Myrtle Beach welcomes millions of visitors each year!

Over the years we have welcomed thousands of our service men and woman for some much needed R & R with family and friends.  There is so much to do in North Myrtle Beach, from year-round festivals and entertaining dinner shows, to challenging miniature golf courses, there is never a shortage of activities.

Myrtle Beach MayFest 2011 promises to be another great event this year, with exciting events happening all month long! From food and wine festivals to live entertainment and music, this year’s MayFest is bound to offer a little bit of beachside fun for everyone...

 

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Spring 2011 New Deliveries

Central Alexander Fire Department

Central Alexander Fire Department

2011 Pierce Custom Contender Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL9 370 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CSU pump, 1000 gal. UPF Poly tank, HandsFree II SCBA brackets.

Drexel Fire Department

Drexel Fire Department

2011 Pierce PMFD Pumper w/Navistar chassis, Maxxforce 9 330 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 1250 gal. UPF poly tank, 2.50” discharge through front bumper, Newton dump.

Fayetteville Fire Department

Fayetteville Fire Department

2011 Pierce Arrow-XT Custom Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 425 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CSU pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 IFS, side roll protection.

Fayetteville Fire Department

Fayetteville Fire Department

2011 Pierce Arrow-XT Custom Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 425 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CSU pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, LED warning Lights, front impact protection.

Holly Springs Fire Department

Holly Springs Fire Department

2011 Pierce Custom Contender Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL9 400 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CSU pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, hydraulic generator, light tower.

Lilesville Fire Department

Lilesville Fire Department

2011 Pierce Custom Contender Pumper w/1250 GPM Waterous CS pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, enclosed ladder storage, roll-up doors, NFPA chevron striping on rear, LED warning lights.

Wake Forest Fire Department

Wake Forest Fire Department

2011 Pierce Arrow-XT 100’ Aerial Platform w/Pierce chassis, DDC DD13 500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CSU pump, 300 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 IFS, front impact protection.

Windsor Fire Department

Windsor Fire Department

2011 Pierce PMFD Mini-Pumper w/Ford chassis, Power Stroke engine, 1000 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. UPF poly tank, FoamPro 1600, LED warning lights, booster reel.

Bay Tree Lakes Volunteer Fire Department

Bay Tree Lakes Volunteer Fire Department

2011 E-One Fire Raider w/Wetside Tanker w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins ISC 330 HP engine, 1000 GPM Hale DSD pump, 2000 gal. painted poly tank, LED pushup scene lights.

Deep Run Fire Department

Deep Run Fire Department

2011 E-One Tradition Commercial Rescue Pumper w/International chassis, MaxxForce 9 330 HP engine, 1250 GPM Hale QFlo pump, 1030 gal. poly tank, Hale 2.1A Class A foam system.

Franklinton Fire Department

Franklinton Fire Department

2011 E-One Cyclone Custom Rescue Pumper w/E-One chassis, Cummins ISM 450 HP engine, 1250 GPM Hale QFlo pump, 1240 gal. poly tank, WillBurt NightScan lightower.

Jonesville Fire Department

Jonesville Fire Department

2011 E-One Tradition Custom Pumper w/E-One chassis, Cummins ISL engine, 1250 GPM Hale QFlo pump, 1030 gal. poly tank, 3/4 ZiCo electric drop down ladder rack, cab seats 4.

Boone Trail Fire and Rescue Services, Inc.

Boone Trail Fire and Rescue Services, Inc.

2011 Anchor-Richey EVS Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford chassis, 6.8 V-10 gas engine, 245 GPM Hale HPXB-200 pump, 300 gal. poly tank, large compartments, 4” manifold, large hose tray.

Town of Columbus Fire Department

Town of Columbus Fire Department

2011 Anchor-Richey EVS F-550 12’ Rescue Vehicle w/Skid Unit, Ford chassis, 6.7 powerstroke diesel engine, 300 GPM Waterous pump, 300 gal. poly tank, 12 volt Command light tower.

Valmead Volunteer Fire/Rescue

Valmead Volunteer Fire/Rescue

2003 American LaFrance Liberty Sidemount Pumper/Tanker w/Freightliner chassic, 330 HP Cat engine, 1250 GPM ALF pump, 1000 gal. poly tank, 10” rear Newton dump, aluminum wheels.

North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department

North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department

(2) 2011 Rosenbauer America Top Mount Pumpers w/Spartan chassis, Cummins ISM 500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. poly tank, dual arm overhead ladder rack.

Raft Swamp Fire Department

Raft Swamp Fire Department

2011 F450 Ford Chassis Brush Truck, Ford engine, 270 GPM CET pump, 300 gal. poly tank, CWW Wildfire skid unit w/dual 1”x100’ booster reels, custom LED warning light package.

Randolph Community College

Randolph Community College

2011 Rosenbauer Pumper w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins engine, 1250 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. poly tank, thermoplastic pump panels, electric folding tank and ladder rack.

City of Rocky Mount Fire Department

City of Rocky Mount Fire Department

2011 Rosenbauer 100’ Aerial Ladder w/Spartan chassis, Cummins ISM 500 HP engine, 2000 GPM Waterous CSU pump, 500 gal. UPF poly tank, Rosenbauer Smart Controls on aerial ladder.

Savannah River Site

Savannah River Site

2011 Rosenbauer Engine 3 Pumper w/Spartan chassis, Cummins ISX 15 500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1000 gal. poly tank, top mount enclosed pump controls.

Savannah River Site

Savannah River Site

2011 Rosenbauer Engine 1 Pumper w/Spartan chassis, Cummins ISX 15 500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1000 gal. poly tank, Panasonic Toughbook package.

Bahama Volunteer Fire/Rescue/EMS

Bahama Volunteer Fire/Rescue/EMS

2011 (2) Alexis 3000 Gal. Tankers w/Peterbilt chassis, 425 HP Cummins Diesel engine, 1000 GPM Hale QPak pump, 3000 gal. low CG modified oval tank, Maxi-Dump fill and dump system.

Whitakers Fire Department

Whitakers Fire Department

2-11 Fire Connections/CET Glider Brush Truck w/Ford F-350 chassis, 6.0L gas engine, 250 gal. poly tank, LED tripod scene lights, custom fabrication storage boxes in extended cab.

Yanceyville Fire/Rescue

Yanceyville Fire/Rescue

2011 E-One Tradition Commercial Rescue Pumper w/International chassis, MaxxForce 9 330 HP engine,1250 GPM Hale QFlo pump, 1030 gal. poly tank, Hurst hydraulic rescue tools.

Town of Robbins Fire Department

Town of Robbins Fire Department

2011 KME Pumper-Tanker w/ 4x4 Int. 4-Dr. chassis, 330 HP engine, 1500 gpm Hale pump, Hale foam system, 1000 gal.poly tank, 6” Jet Dump & 3” Fireman’s Friend tank fill.

City of Union Fire Department

City of Union Fire Department

2010 KME 102’ RM Platform w/ Predator MFD chassis, Maxxforce 13 450 HP engine, 2000 gpm Waterous pump, 300 gal. UPF tank, IQAN E-Control motion control system.

Station # 1, Windy Hill Fire Department

Station # 1, Windy Hill Fire Department

2011 KME Top Mount Pumper-Tanker w/ KME Predator XMFD chassis, Cummins ISL 425 HP engine, 1500 gpm Hale QMAX pump, 1000 gal. poly tank w/ 6” jet dump w/(2) 2-1/2” Quick Fill.

Station # 2 , Windy Hill Fire Department

Station # 2 , Windy Hill Fire Department

2011 KME Top Mount Pumper-Tanker w/ KME Predator XMFD chassis, Cummins ISL 425 HP engine, 1500 gpm Hale QMAX pump, 1000 gal. poly tank w/ 6” jet dump & (2) 2-1/2” Quick Fill.

Station # 4, Windy Hill Fire Department

Station # 4, Windy Hill Fire Department

2011 KME Top Mount Pumper-Tanker w/ KME Predator X-MFD chassis, Cummins ISL 425 HP engine, 1500 gpm Hale QMAX pump, 1000 gal. poly tank w/ 6” jet dump & (2) 2-1/2” Quick Fill.

Glade Hill Vol. Fire Department

Glade Hill Vol. Fire Department

2010 KME Pumper-Tanker w/ Int. 7600 chassis, 430 HP engine, 1500 gpm Hale pump, Foampro Foam System, 2500 gal. water tank w/ 25 gal. foam cell, 10” dump valve, (2) Fireman’s Friend quick fills.

West Florence Rural Volunteer Fire Department

West Florence Rural Volunteer Fire Department

2011 KME Top Mount Pumper-Tanker w/ KME Predator LFD chassis, Cummins 425 HP engine, 1750 gpm Hale QMAX pump, 1250 gal. tank w/ 5” jet dump & Fireman’s Friend quick fill.

Jerusalem Volunteer Fire Department

Jerusalem Volunteer Fire Department

KME Top Mount Pumper-Tanker w/ KME Panther LFD chassis, 425 HP engine, 1500 Waterous pump w/ Hale FoamLogix system, 1000 gal. water/25 gal. foam, 6” jet dump.

Blair Volunteer FD of Fairfield County

Blair Volunteer FD of Fairfield County

KME Elliptical Tanker w/ Int. 4400 chassis, 500 gpm Hale PTO pump, 2000 gallon painted elliptical poly tank w/ 10” Newton square dump, officer side drop tank storage rack w/ tread plate cover.

Mitford Volunteer FD of Fairfield County

Mitford Volunteer FD of Fairfield County

KME Elliptical Tanker w/ Int. 4400 chassis, 500 gpm Hale PTO pump, 2000 gallon painted elliptical poly tank w/ 10” Newton square dump, officer side drop tank storage rack w/ tread plate cover.

Dooms Volunteer Fire Department

Dooms Volunteer Fire Department

Slagle “Brush Master” Aluminum Flat Bed Body on a 2011 4x4 Ford F550 SuperDuty chassis. Slagle Skid Unit w. Hale HP200X pump, 300 gal. water and 10 gal. foam cell.

Cooleemee Volunteer Fire Department

Cooleemee Volunteer Fire Department

Refurbished 1993 Sutphen 100’ platform, Detroit 8V-92 450 HP diesel engine, 1500 GPM Hale single stage pump, 300 gallon fiberglass water tank, rescue compartmetns on both sides.

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