CFJ Vol. 27.2 (Fall 2012)

Volunteer Firefighters: Can there be too much training?

Are we losing volunteer firefighters because we are demanding too much training? If you talk to 20 different fire departments, you will hear 20 different requirements for training and 20 different number of hours required to meet the minimum set by the individual department.

Training hours are so very important, but should we be thinking more about the content and the type of training we are suggesting to our members? To offer more training hours on top of what is required is certainly needed, but how much is too much? I will agree that the 36-hour minimum required by the state of North Carolina will not even start to make you a firefighter. We are not talking about new recruit firefighters — the issue is retaining the members we have now and keeping them on the roster as an active member of the fire department. Not all members have to be firefighters. Many departments have support members that do several different things other than interior firefighting. Again, the state requires we have Traffic Personnel on the roster, how much fire and EMS training do those members need?

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Hero Rush

The Hero Rush, will be held Saturday Oct. 20 at the zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South.

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Fire Service Management: The Abilene Paradox

Recently, I was reviewing some fire service materials from a self-survival class, and read about a management challenge known as the Abilene Paradox. The author described how it could affect firefighting decisions, and how the challenges that this situation presents could prove tragic on the fire scene.

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Firefighters attend ‘Know Your Smoke’ training

We have all heard the saying “where there is smoke there is fire,” but have you really thought about what is in smoke and what it does to you? On July 20-21, the Fire Smoke Coalition presented two days of training to North and South Carolina firefighters at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory. Instructors of the seminar were:

  • Battalion Chief Jason Krusen with Columbia Fire Department, SC
  • Paramedic/ Training Officer Robert Marschall from Hillsborough County, Florida


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2012 S.C. Firefighter’s Challenge

On June 8, 2012, in conjunction with the South Carolina Firefighters Exposition in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the 4th Annual South Carolina Firefighter’s Challenge took place with agencies represented from Columbia to Jasper County as well as the home teams of Horry County and Myrtle Beach. Sixty-five adult competitors and approximately 30 explorer youths demonstrated their skills in front of crowds of family and interested patrons in the parking lot of one of the event sponsors — Broadway at the Beach complex.

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What are your options in these tough times?

We all know that times are tough everywhere right now. Public Safety agencies in every region of the country are having to trim their budgets and tighten the Ol’ agency belt loops to make everything balance. This has meant laying off personnel and delaying purchases of needed replacement apparatus and rescue equipment too. It may be a few more years until things get better, but the next disaster really doesn’t care. It has you on the radar no matter what.

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The ‘Cycle of Mediocrity’

“We Have Met the Enemy and it is Us.” No truer statement is applicable to emergency services in the United States and particularly in North Carolina than this. We in emergency services are losing our edge of excellence due to an insidious attack of a cancer-like disease which has infected our profession. It is destroying the very foundation that our lifestyles are based upon. This disease is known in classes that I teach as the “Cycle of Mediocrity.” The Cycle of Mediocrity involves the “dummying” down of our whole system through improper training and lack of operational standards. These attitudes by politicians and certain emergency services administrators have sold the integrity and level of excellence of our lifestyle along with their souls to the highest bidders in an attempt to maintain or increase their own position in their specific areas.

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Electronic Pre-Plans and Emergency Preparedness for schools

(This is part three of a three-part series on pre-planning.)

More often than not, schools have standard procedures for responding to an incident or emergency that aren’t as effective or efficient as they can be. I know one high school that has their town’s fire department enter the building through the second floor window. The fire department actually uses a ladder to get into the building rather than walking through the door. This happens because the department doesn’t have access to the school’s keys, and the school hasn’t taken the steps to provide the department with the correct situational awareness. A solution to this problem is simple: the department and the school district should both know where the master keys for the building are, and should have in place a practiced and working procedure for first responders getting into the building.

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Emergency Response: Command and control

Is Command Failure An Acceptable Incident Outcome?

One of the very hot topics of this century, so far, is the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) part of NIMS. We discuss them, write about them, train and practice and hopefully use the NIMS and ICS doctrine.

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Fire Service Leaders: Responding to the call ... for change

Change — “Make or become different.” — Merriam Webster

Although not noted by Merriam Webster, this remains one of the most feared and loathed words in the fire service.

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Fire and Rescue Equipment: Make smart purchases to fit your budgets

As we move into the second half of the year, we can only look back at things that have happened and look forward to things that will. As our budgets get tighter, we have to look closer at our needs and the equipment that may best fit those needs. We have to now become thriftier with our dollars in every purchase we make — always looking for more bang for the buck.

I had the opportunity to use the new flip jacks by Rescue Jack and the new rope gloves by Tech Trade. Both proved to be worthy pieces of equipment or PPE. The Rescue Jacks have been around for some time now and have proven to be one of the best stabilization struts on the market. They are one of the companies that continues to improve and add to what they have on the market. Both, the newer steel X-strut and the aluminum X-strut have a detachable jack that allows for lifting of a vehicle, but can also be removed and used on another strut. The problem that sometimes occurs is the handle will be inhibited by part of the vehicle. This in turn will not allow for the lift as you will not be able to turn the jack handle. Hence comes the “FlipJack.” This detachable jack can be used in two positions, one with the handle up and one with the handle down.

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TOOLS OF THE TRADE

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Rescue A-Z: Structural tower management

(This is part two of a three part series.)

Last issue we discussed the importance of structural tower awareness to include construction characteristics, structural tower access and some associated structural tower hazards. This issue we will be focusing on the first part of structural tower management to include tower related emergencies and medical considerations. We will also be discussing the preparation for climbing and associated fall protection.

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RESCUE A-Z

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EDUCATING TOMORROW’S OFFICERS

“Morale is the capacity of a group of people to pull together, persistently and consistently, in pursuit of a common purpose.” These words, spoken by Alexander Leighton, a sociologist and professor at Harvard University, ring true today more than ever. Leighton spoke to the fact of how morale is particularly important during times of stress and controversy. As we continue to work towards our goals these issues continue to wear away at that very morale which we look to drive us. Leaders, particularly those at the helm of the collective ship, must know how to maintain and encourage true morale if they plan for success and the continued or new found success of their department.

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Fire Departments: Riding the roller coaster

After 28 years of traveling to fire departments, a skill that you develop is the ability within five to 10 minutes of going in a fire station door, to be able to assess when the conversation with those that you meet has come to an inevitable crossroads. You have extended pleasantries; reestablished the relationship; and then have a choice of moving down a particular conversant pathway. With pathway one you hear talk of grants, trucks, programs, results, the latest call. Pathway two consists of morale, the “city” or “county” followed by “has done” or “did,” and situation after situation containing pessimism and guile. Immediately I recognize whether the glass is half full or half empty. In pathway one you find a lot of personal pronouns like I or we. The second pathway you hear “them” and “they” used much too frequently. I can get a sense real fast as to how you perceive yourself and your organization and where you are in the evolution of your service to the community.

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Thinking about starting a business?

Thinking about starting a new business? Maybe you have developed an expertise that you think is marketable or you have an idea for a new business venture. Or maybe you have a profitable hobby that you are considering converting into a full-time business. Current business studies have shown that in today’s economy more people than ever are considering starting a new business. Whatever your reasons, if you are starting a new business (or even thinking about it), there are many factors to consider — from tax benefits and incentives to the form of business you plan to establish.

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THE HOMEFRONT

, business, tax, carolina, new business, south carolina, start costs, starting business

Brotherhood — baptized in fire

Well brothers and sisters of the fire service I am writing about the firefighter of my life for once and not the apparatus side, so please keep reading. I recently attended the South Atlantic Expo in Raleigh and the Brotherhood was definitely felt. I have been in the fire service for 16 years now and I have slowly felt the bonds and relationships as a fireman slip away, but after the Capitol Fools had the Brotherhood bash during the Expo, I realized I was wrong and that we all just need a little refreshing now and then. We have to remember that we are a family outside of our biological family and we have to take care of all of us. A wise man once said it takes a village to raise a child. Well, for me and a lot of you out, there it takes a firehouse to raise a child but sometimes we forget that.

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THE HOMEFRONT

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Lessons learned as the significant other of a firefighter

Welcome to a new column for Carolina Fire Journal. This column will be for the significant other. Significant other being defined as a person, such as a family member or close friend, who is important or influential in one’s life. Here we will try to give support to the significant other on many different topics. Topics such as — Why does it seem as if my firefighter always has to work on holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or any important day? How do we support our firefighter when they are away on these important days? There will be additional questions and concerns.

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THE HOMEFRONT

, firefighter, family, significant other, lessons learned, family member, close friend

The importance of EKG monitored graded exercise stress testing

The concept of graded exercise testing is not new in screening for coronary artery disease/heart disease. The actual testing has gone from a V5, or one-lead, test in the 1960s and 1970s to a 12-17 lead EKG test as it is today.

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HEALTH AND FITNESS

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Construction prices and fire or public safety facilities

What happened to the good old days when you could count on consistent construction cost inflation of three to five percent per year? If you were developing a Capital Improvement Plan for a new station three years from now you could just take today’s construction costs, increase it by three to five percent per year for three years, and know that what you had budgeted would likely be fine. Not anymore! We’re well into the second of the two most volatile construction pricing decades in history, with no sign of it getting back to “normal,” assuming that there is a “normal.”

We all understand that the construction industry has always experienced price spikes (and rarely decreases) in limited portions due to some sort of material or labor force issue. Many departments, who last year budgeted more than enough funds to build this year, are now forced to scale back their plans. Many believe that because we are still in a depressed economy, they will benefit from significantly lower construction costs.

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Design build approach for facility renovation and construction

When your district is in need of renovation or expansion of an existing fire or rescue facility, or even a newly constructed station to accommodate growing demands, where do you turn? It can be daunting to consider the many factors that go into facility renovation and construction — from site evaluation to building design to permitting and construction. One of the first steps is to consult with a design build partner who deals with these challenges every day.

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THE STATION HOUSE

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Fire station construction on a limited budget

During trying economic times many builders are willing to work with organizations to accomplish construction due to the downturn that occurred in building over the last several years. Building costs are down, comparatively speaking in relation to prior years, and contractors have cut costs in an effort to continue to keep their employees working and their business afloat.

The Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department began a construction project in September 2011 with very limited funds and basically no construction budget.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Ferrara Leaves FES

“G&G Metal Fabrication, Inc./Fire Equipment Services Division was notified Sept. 6 that Ferrara Fire Apparatus was choosing to immediately terminate our 15 year dealer agreement and pass the dealership to Slagle’s Fire Equipment and Supply Co., Inc. of South Boston, Vir.,” announced Kent Cummings, FES Sales Manager.

“We are working with our customers that had a desire to purchase a new truck from Ferrara to do so within the next 30 days. All outstanding orders shall be processed as before with Fire Equipment Services being fully integrated into the delivery process.

“We are continuing our over 25 year commitment to the production of our FES branded product lines. We are looking towards the next innovative additions to support our customer’s needs.”

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INDUSTRY NEWS

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Returning to the Foundations: fire alarm systems

Fire alarm systems have become commonplace responses in today’s fire service. Between carbon monoxide alarms, general fire alarm activations, smoke detectors, other detection devices and pull stations — we stay busy answering these calls for service. Understanding what the system and devices attached to them are telling us can help identify problems and keep properties from becoming even more of a statistic than they already are.

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Your final inspection

(This is the final installment of a four-part issue on writing specifications for your fire truck.)

We have reviewed everything up to the final inspection. Your yearlong process is almost over and your department is getting ready to pick up the bright shiny red truck. And by saying red I am in no way discriminating against any other colors, but OK yes I am, fire trucks are RED! I’ve had my say, so let’s get on with it. Your department has been told to be at the XYZ manufacturer to pick up your new piece of apparatus next week — what do you do now?

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Thomasville Fire Department Station #2

Station: Thomasville Fire Department Station #2

Chief: Martin S. Dailey, Fire Chief

Other Officers: Chief of Training Don Crafford, Fire Marshal Rocky Watts, Fire and Life Safety Director Dolly Hulin

Number Staff or Volunteers : 61 Full-Time Personnel: 3 Battalion Chiefs, 12 Captains, 12 Engineers, 30 Firefighters, 4 Administrative Personnel

Address: Headquarters -712 East Main St. Thomasville, NC 27360, Station 2 - 815 South Highway 109, Thomasville, NC 27360

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 336-475-5524

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ASK ERNIE Fall 2012

Why are some fire trucks not red?

Fire apparatus can be any color of the rainbow. The decision usually revolves around local historical values. For example, a pumper in Coalville might be expected to be black with maybe silver leaf trim; a pumper in Grapeville might be expected to be purple or a purple/leaf green two-tone. FAA requirements point to fire ARFF/CFR units to be lime green color.

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Economics should not dictate safety of your equipment

Well we may want to start calling this section my bitch session or soap box because this is where I vent about all the stupid CRAP that I run across on a weekly basis. I touched on this in my last article but I feel I need to elaborate a little.

I was performing annual services on some apparatus a little while ago and came across a few items that I have never seen before and just wanted to share them with you. If you read this and it was you, please contact me so I can tell you exactly what you need to do with your life and not live in some fantasy world where you think you know how to work on trucks.

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Lots of family fun at the Carolina Renaissance Festival

Located just north of Charlotte, N.C. is a village where imagination, fantasy, and history burst to life. It is a place where adults can feel and act like children while children are treated as royalty. It is a magical realm where you will forget about your daily cares and enjoy the magic of a simpler time and place. It is the Carolina Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace.

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Firefighter decision-making: What a difference a minute can make

Have you ever recognized what a difference a single minute in your life can make? Most of us only count down the minutes at the end of the day near quitting time, or when we are waiting for a big event. We never really recognize just how important every minute is because every minute makes a real difference. It is important to remember that for everything there is a season, a time for every activity.

Be Aware of Critical Moments

A critical moment is when you make a decision that has a critical impact on your life. These can include fire ground decisions, career decisions, attitude decisions or decisions on choice of words. These may last only a few minutes, hours or days. Sometimes these decisions may have impacts that last a lifetime. Most of our decisions are made in a rapid-fire mode and are impacted by attitude. It is important to remember that attitudes are choices or decisions we make.

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Rehab and medical monitoring...

How many times over the past few years have you heard the term rehab or medical monitoring? These terms are some of the latest buzzwords in the emergency services realm. With that being said, how many people truly understand what it means to establish and maintain a rehab sector? In many situations people think of rehab as a bottle of water and medical monitoring as a blood pressure check. The process is much more involved and technical than that. Some situations only require company level rehab such as a single family dwelling fire or a motor vehicle crash with a pin in. Other situations require a formal technical rehab sector being established.

Rehab has been around for years in one form or another but never standardized. In recent years people have been taking a different approach to rehab and putting more validity behind the process. NFPA 1584 states that rehab is now a standard rather than suggestion. Rehab and medical monitoring should be put in place anytime that an operation is expected to stress responders and subject them to mental and physical strain.

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Common sense supervision for the fire service officer

“Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, U.S. essayist and poet (1883-1882)

The role of a fire service officer is very complex. The typical fire department workplace is unlike any other. While we are assigned a designated duty station, we may be called to action at anytime and anywhere. The fire service deals with many different types of people and situations. The potential for “people” problems is ever-present. It is valid to say that the demands of a fire service supervisor are far greater than those of the average supervisor. Unlike most professions, many fire service supervisors (officers) are housed directly with or otherwise share a much closer association with those whom they supervise. In addition to normal supervisory problems, situations “not covered by the book” can and do routinely present in the course of a tour of duty. These situations can tax the expertise of even the most seasoned supervisor.

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

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Pipes and Drums of the Fire Service

The five words in the title of this article empower a huge tradition in the fire service. These words which are spoken with distinction, pride and a voice of significant authority are the beginning of a sound that one cannot mistake. This sound can be heard from great distances echoing through the open air or in between buildings. The sound that is produced from three drones and a chanter are eerie to someone who is listening for the first time; But for those who have heard them more than once know this is the sound of many traditions. 

Pipe and drum bands in the fire service have a long history that dates back to 1962 though the bagpipes in the fire service go back to the 1800s.

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Heavy vehicle rescue

As we move into the fall, the weather will be cooling down and it will be much better for training. As I write this, we are remembering the 11th anniversary of 9/11, an event that will live forever. We should always remember the sacrifices that the fire, rescue, and police made in giving their lives in order to save others. We should also remember the civilian lives lost as well. It is a sacrifice that we all are willing to make to do what we do.

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From the Editor - Fall 2012

Many of you had poignant comments on our summer cover “The Brotherhood,” and we enjoyed hearing the different stories. In this issue, Willie Wimmer shares his thoughts on the subject with his article, “Brotherhood — Baptized in Fire.”

All of us enjoyed meeting those of you who visited our booth at the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo in August. The Expo gets bigger and better every year. I think everyone would agree that the North Carolina State Firefighters Association makes this event special for attendees and vendors.

This issue’s focus is hazmat. Glenn Clapp asks a good question: Is your department ready for a hazmat incident? His article walks you step-by-step through preparing your team for that incident you hope will never happen. David Greene fights the “round rubber hazmat” in his article on tire fires.

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Is your fire department ready for a hazmat incident?

Many emergency responders believe that a large-scale hazardous materials incident (or even a hazmat incident of any sizeable nature) will never occur in their jurisdiction. For those personnel that do not have an interest in becoming a “glow bug” (otherwise known as a member of a hazmat team), this thought is often a strong hope that such an incident will never occur on their watch and in their territory. As emergency responders, however, we should be introspective by asking ourselves if our department is truly ready for the significant hazmat incident that often looms just over the horizon.

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The round rubber hazmat — tire fires

This issue we will be examining scrap and shredded tire fires by using the United States Fire Administration’s (USFA) Technical Report Series # 093, published in December 1998. The United States disposes of approximately 240 million tires annually. Seventy-five percent of these are added to existing stockpiled tire dumps or discarded in landfills. Burying tires in landfills has become the least desirable option as the casings trap air and buried tires often move. 

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Hazmat teams from across North Carolina compete at Annual Hazmat Challenge

On Saturday, August 11, 2012, eight hazardous materials teams from across the state met in Raleigh for fun, fellowship, and competition in the Hazmat Challenge. The Hazmat Challenge is an annual event sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Hazardous Materials Responders (NCAHMR), held at the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Conference/South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo. 

The 2012 challenge was unlike any previous iteration of the event, as the challenge was comprised not only of a practical “hands on” section, but also an academic section. This year’s challenge also featured unprecedented sponsor involvement and prizes for the top finishing teams.

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Fall 2012 New Deliveries

Boger City Fire Department

Boger City Fire Department

2012 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Detroit DD13 500 hp engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 Independent front suspension.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Chapel Hill Fire Department

Chapel Hill Fire Department

2012 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Detroit DD13 450 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale QMax pump, 500 gal. UPF poly tank, Foam Pro foam system, Onan 6 kw hydraulic generator.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Cleveland County Volunteer Fire Dept.

Cleveland County Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Pierce Velocity Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 450 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale QMax pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 independent front suspension.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Elizabeth City Fire Department

Elizabeth City Fire Department

2012 Pierce Arrow XT 100’ Aerial Platform w/Pierce chassis, Detroit diesel Series 60 515 hp engine, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 300 gal. UPF poly tank, AMDOR.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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City of High Point Fire Department

City of High Point Fire Department

2012 Pierce Arrow XT 105’ Heavy Duty Aerial Ladder w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISX 500 hp engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 300 gal. UPF poly tank, Gortite roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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City of High Point Fire Department

City of High Point Fire Department

2012 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 450 hp engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 independent front suspension, Gortite roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Clarendon County Fire Department

Clarendon County Fire Department

Skid Unit built on a Chevrolet chassis with a UPF poly tank, Hale pump, Hannay reel, Federal warning package.

Provided By RAJ Company

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Lilesville Fire Department

Lilesville Fire Department

Custom built skid unit w/800 gal. poly tank, dual Hannay reels, 23 hp pump, Akron valves built on an aluminum frame.

Provided By RAJ Company

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Blounts Creek Fire Department

Blounts Creek Fire Department

2012 12’ Anchor-Richey EVS Rescue Truck Chassis Remount w/F-550 Ford chassis, 6.7 powerstroke diesel, large compartments, aluminum body, Wenco 5000 watt diesel generator.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Cherry Mountain Volunteer Fire Department

Cherry Mountain Volunteer Fire Department

2012 Anchor-Richey EVS Deluxe Skid Unit w/Briggs and Stratton Vanguard 18 HP engine, 245 GPM Hale pump, 225 gal. poly tank, 4” manifold, custom cabinets, extendable scene light.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Cherry Mountain Volunteer Fire Dept.

Cherry Mountain Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Anchor-Richey EVS Deluxe Skid Unit w/Briggs and Stratton Vanguard 18 HP engine, 245 GPM Hale pump, 225 gal. poly tank, 4” manifold, fire service valves, new tail board.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Fallston Community Volunteer Fire Dept.

Fallston Community Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Anchor-Richey EVS Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford F-550 chassis, 6.7 powerstroke diesel engine, 300 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, Warn 12,000 lb. winch and brush guard.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Mecklenburg Medic

Mecklenburg Medic

2012 Anchor-Richey EVS Rescue RTV w/diesel engine, custom built body, removable rear cover, LED warning light package, fully enclosed cab.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Dept.

Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Anchor-Richey EVS Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford F-350 chassis, 6.7 powerstroke diesel engine, 245 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, Nerf bars, aluminum body.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Cherokee Tribal EMS

Cherokee Tribal EMS

2012 Type I AEV Trauma Hawk w/Dodge 5500 4x4 chassis, 172” box, LED light, ducted environmental system, Stryker Pro Loader, E-lock drug cabinet, LED dome lights, 4 camera system.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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Davie County EMS

Davie County EMS

2012 Type III AEV Trauma Hawk w/Chevy 4500 chassis, 172” box, LED M series lights, ducted environmental system, custom paint by AEV.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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Scott County Life Saving Crew

Scott County Life Saving Crew

2012 Type III Trauma Hawk G-4500 w/Chevy chassis, 172” box, complete LED lights, ducted environmental system, Zico 02 lift, Vanner inverter, custom cabinets.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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Thorne Ambulance Service

Thorne Ambulance Service

2012 Mercedes Sprinter, 148x95x66” box, LED lights, ducted heat/AC, custom cabinets, 6-point safety harness system, safety net at head of squad bench.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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Timmonsville Rescue Squad

Timmonsville Rescue Squad

2012 Chevy G4500, 148x95x66” box, LED lights, ducted heat/AC, custom cabinets, LED warning and dome, safety net at head of squad bench.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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Yadkin County EMS

Yadkin County EMS

2012 Type III AEV Trauma w/Chevy chassis, 172” box, LED warning lights, ducted AC, custom graphics, Vanner inverter, Onspot chains, custom cabinetry.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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City of Albemarle Fire Department

City of Albemarle Fire Department

2012 E-One Custom Typhoon Pumper w/E-One chassis, Cummins ISL 450 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 500 gal. poly tank, all rear discharge, FoamPro 2002 foam system.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Whitakers Volunteer Fire Department

Whitakers Volunteer Fire Department

2012 E-One Typhoon Customer Rescue Pumper w/E-One chassis, Cummins ISL 450 engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1,030 gal. poly tank, ladder tunnel, severe duty dash.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Biscoe Fire Department

Biscoe Fire Department

2012 Typhoon Customer Pumper w/E-One chassis, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1,030 gal. poly tank, top mount pump, Hi-Viz LED lights.

Provided By Fire Connections

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New London Volunteer Fire Department

New London Volunteer Fire Department

2013 18’ E-One Heavy Rescue w/ International chassis, Maxforce 9, 330 hp engine, Harrison HRT tool system, 25 kw generator, 9000 watt light tower, front bumper/side winch receivers.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Otway Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Otway Volunteer Fire and Rescue

2012 E-One Typhoon Custom Rescue Pumper w/1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1,030 poly tank, top mount, overhead ladder rack, full depth compartments on both sides, hydraulic generator.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Department

Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Department

2012 E-One 3500 Watermaster Tanker w/International 7600 chassis, Maxxforce 410 hp engine, 1250 GPM Hale pump, 3,500 gal. aluminum tank, triple 6” dumper, crosslays, 34’ 6” hard tubes.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Roaring River Volunteer Fire Department

Roaring River Volunteer Fire Department

2013 E-One Commercial Pumper w/International chassis, 350 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale pump, 1,250 gal. poly tank, hard tube storage below tank, 3/4 side, LED push up lights.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Southmont Fire Department

Southmont Fire Department

2012 E-One Customer Tanker, Cyclone II w/E-One chassis, Detroit 515 hp engine, 1250 GPM Hale pump, 2,500 gal. poly tank, triple dumps, cab controlled, 3 camera system, dual 4” inlets.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Stricklands Crossroads Fire Dept.

Stricklands Crossroads Fire Dept.

2012 E-One Tradition ES Commercial Pumper w/International chassis, 330 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1,030 gal. poly tank, Command light LED Tower, rear electric dump.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Sunbury Volunteer Fire Department

Sunbury Volunteer Fire Department

2012 E-One Watermaster 3500 w/International 7400 chassis, 330 hp engine, 500 GPM Hale pump, 3,500 gal. aluminum tank, triple dump, vacuum pump, camera system.

Provided By Fire Connections

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West Edgecombe Volunteer Fire Dept.

West Edgecombe Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 E-One Commercial Pumper Rescue Body w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins 330 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1,030 gal. poly tank, overhead ladder rack, hydraulic generator.

Provided By Fire Connections

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City of Albemarle Fire Department

City of Albemarle Fire Department

2012 E-One Custom Typhoon Pumper w/E-One chassis, 450 hp Cummins engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 500 gal. poly tank, Bostrom seating, Onan 10kw generator, all rear discharge.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Broadnax Volunteer Fire Dept.

Broadnax Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 “Wildfire” Skid Unit w/Ford chassis, 250 gal. tank, Hale HP200X pump, Blizzard Wizard foam system, stainless steel plumbing, special hose and equipment trays.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Buckhead Volunteer Fire Dept.

Buckhead Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Rosenbauer Side Mount Pumper w/Freightliner M2 106 chassis, Cummins ISC 330 hp engine, 1250 GPM Waterous CSC20 pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, hot dipped galvanized subframe.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Buies Creek Fire & Rescue

Buies Creek Fire & Rescue

2012 Rosenbauer Custom Heavy Rescue w/Cummins ISC 380 hp engine, 20 kw Smart Power hydraulic generator, Command Light Knight 2 light tower, breathing air cascade and fill station.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Dept.

Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Dept.

2011 Rosenbauer Side Mount Tanker w/International 7500 chassis, MaxxForce 350 hp engine, 500 GPM Darley HM pump, 3000 gal. UPF tank, 10” Newton Dump at rear.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Grays Creek Station 18

Grays Creek Station 18

2012 Rosenbauer Force Custom Top Mount Pumper w/Cummins ISC 380 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale Q-Flo pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, Zico Quick-Lift ladder access system.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Nebo Volunteer Fire Dept.

Nebo Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Rosenbauer Maverick Pumper/Tanker w/International chassis, MaxxForce 330 hp engine, 1250 GPM Rosenbauer NH55 pump, 1800 gal. UPF tank, aluminum hose bed cover.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Sheffield-Callahaln Volunteer Fire Dept.

Sheffield-Callahaln Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Rosenbuaer Custom 4000 Top Mount Pumper w/Rosenbauer chassis, Cummins ISL 400 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, hydraulic ladder rack.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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ABBS Valley Fire Department

ABBS Valley Fire Department

2012 Rosenbauer Commercial Side Mount Pumper w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins ISC 350 hp engine, 1250 GPM Waterous pump, 1500 gal. UPF tank, Rosenbauer all aluminum body.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Charlotte Fire Department

Charlotte Fire Department

2012 Smeal 105’ Quint w/Spartan Gladiator chassis, Cummins ISC 15 600 hp engine, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 370w/30b gal. poly tank, Allison Transmission retarder, Hurst tools.

Provided By Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks

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Wilkes County Rescue Squad

Wilkes County Rescue Squad

2011 T3 AEV G3500 Chevy Ambulance w/custom paint by Arrow Manufacturing, 6.0 liter gas engine, Whelen LED light package.

Provided By Arrow Manufacturing

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Wilkes County Rescue Squad

Wilkes County Rescue Squad

2011 Type I Ford F450 McCoy Miller Ambulance w/custom paint by Arrow Manufacturing, power stroke turbo diesel, air ride with Kneeler dump, Wheelen Super Series LED lights.

Provided By Arrow Manufacturing

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Walhalla Fire Department

Walhalla Fire Department

2013 KME 2-door 4400 Commercial Pumper w/International chassis, Maxxforce 9 330 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, Hale Foam Logix system, 1000 gal. tank, 20 gal. foam cell.

Provided By Safe Industries

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BELTON COUNTY EMS

BELTON COUNTY EMS

2012 Chevy G4500 Type III Remount w/new LED’s, domes, print and lettering, new door handles.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Brunswick County EMS

Brunswick County EMS

2012 Chevy Type III Remount with airhorns, new Eberhard door handles, new floor.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Cabarrus County EMS

Cabarrus County EMS

2012 Chevy G4500 Type III McCoy Miller 163 Ambulance w/sliding side entry door, LED’s inside and out, special strips and graphic package, heavy duty floor.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Duke University Medical Center

Duke University Medical Center

2012 Kenworth T270 Type I Remount w/liquid oxygen/medical air, 2 patient critical care capability, 5500 watt generator, adult and neonatal configuration.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Graham County EMS

Graham County EMS

2012 Dodge 4500 Type I Ambulance, V-Maxx system, ducted HVAC, paint and lettering, Dodge chassis, inverter, custom cabinets.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Iredell County EMS

Iredell County EMS

2012 Chevy G4500 Type II with cooling drawer, all LEDs, new floor, dome lights, modified ACS.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Morristown Hamblen EMS

Morristown Hamblen EMS

2012 Chevy 3500 Type III Ambulance, Whelen LED Emergency lights, Whelen LED patient compartment lights, Buell air horn, recessed into front bumper, custom patient compartment layout.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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North Central Medical Transport

North Central Medical Transport

2012 Ford E350 III Remount, LED lighting, new electrical system.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Priority Patient Transport

Priority Patient Transport

2012 Ford Medix Van Type II with inverter, locking ALS.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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ProCare Ambulance

ProCare Ambulance

2012 Ford F350 Type I Ambulance, Powercall Siren, Bariatric ready, complete Whelen LED package.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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UNC Hospital

UNC Hospital

2012 T270 Kenworth 4-door Type II Ambulance, 30” MAC lift, LED emergency lights, LED dome lights, emergency back up, ambulance module system.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Whitesville

Whitesville

2012 Chevy K3500 Type I Remount with body condensor, LED’s, stairhciar storage, new paint, floor and upholstery.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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