CFJ Vol. 27.3 (Winter 2013)

From the Editor - Winter 2013

The Sandy Hook tragedy and the officers killed in Webster, N.Y. have unfortunately become a part of the culture in the United States. Are you and your department prepared for similar situations in your community?

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Hearts and sirens: Preventing emotional overload

The personality profile of the emergency service worker is one that is action-oriented tainted with the concept of control. It is not hard to figure out what drives the average emergency service worker. It is the adrenaline rush that is produced from responding to a working structure fire that has been upgraded by the first arriving unit to a second alarm assignment, to a gunshot wound to the chest that requires the medical responder to provide a vast array of life saving skills or a technical rescue where specialized skills have to be deployed to save a life or mitigate a hazard. To many these are routine responses and probably will be handled in a customary manner with little psychological distress involved. 

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At 93, EMT still saving lives

The pager goes off and Clinton Lowman drops what he is doing to rush to his black pickup. There’s an emergency in Icard and Lowman, an Emergency Medical Technician, heads to the scene ready to help the person in need.

When he arrives, he is used to folks doing a double take when they see who hops out of the truck to help them. That’s because Lowman is 93.

“(A nursing home facility) had a call about 10 or 12 years ago, the first call we ran up there, one of the nurses turned around to him and asked (Lowman) if he was where he was supposed to be,” said Brand Lingerfelt, fire chief at Icard Township Fire Department. “It’s highly unusual seeing someone in their 80s and 90s working as a volunteer, out there responding to help folks.”

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Edutainment: Interactive entertainment that leads to learning

How many times have you attended a training symposium or seminar and been bored to tears? As the speaker drones on and on about some uninteresting topic, your mind wanders: “I think I’ll check my emails and see what’s going on back at the office. What am I going to have for dinner tonight? I need to pick up my dry-cleaning when we get out of here.” Sound familiar?

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Are you ready for 2013?

This has been an interesting year for the country and all of the hard working public safety professionals across the United States. Many agencies have also had to deal with both large and small-scale emergencies, as well as budget problems and the balancing act that takes place between the need for services and the decline in revenue. It is never an easy environment to operate in, but with some good planning, 2013 can start out strong.

Revisit Policies and Procedures

If the budget axe hit your agency, you need to ensure that your current capabilities match your response policies. If you have had to cut FTEs, shut down stations, consolidate districts etc., you need to ensure that the written response policies are an accurate reflection of your new capabilities. Remember that your written policies are all living documents that need to visited regularly. Your organization will be held accountable for the language contained within them if something goes wrong. So, look at them, make corrections and additions if necessary.

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Returning to the foundations: Water supply

In order to fight the majority of fires we encounter today, water is the main ammunition we use in battle due to its availability, affordability and its effectiveness in absorbing heat from combustion. Securing a water source is highly important for fire suppression efforts. That water source can be static — meaning natural or fabricated lakes, ponds, rivers or other spots of water availability — or pressurized by the local water system providing water for drinking and sanitary reasons. Understanding where the water comes from aids us in fire extinguishment and ultimately in life safety and property conservation.

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Dog saves pups from fire

During an early morning response to a house fire in Santa Rose de Temuco, Chile, firefighters witnessed the unbelievable. A mother dog risked her life to save her puppies from the fire surrounding the burning house, which started because of a car bomb.

The mother dog, Amanda, raced back and forth, putting her 10 day old puppies in the safest place she could find — a fire truck!

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Pre-planning for large scale incidents

Disasters like Hurricane Sandy that impact large areas and several types of infrastructure, cripple communities and cost us lives are an unfortunate reality we face as First Responders. As firefighters it is our mission to do everything we can to mitigate the impact events like Sandy have on the communities we serve. It is also important for the first responder community to view the preparation for, response to, and recovery from events like Hurricane Sandy as an opportunity to learn how to do our parts better, and as a reminder of how valuable our day-to-day technologies are in training for and mitigating the impact of these large-scale incidents.

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What makes an effective leader?

Last month we ended the Command and Control article with these words: “We’re all partners in this ICS process and that’s a good thing.”

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What we should know, about what we don’t know

In the day of ever changing technology and information over load it is extremely important that first responders understand what is going on. There is no excuse for us to not know what has occurred in our communities, county, region, state, nation, or even the world within moments of it occurring. The media is at an ultimate frenzy to be the first to break the story, and if they are not the first they will have the exclusive interview 10 minutes later. Not only are they competing with each other, but with every Tom, Dick, and Harry that has a smart phone and a link to social media.

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Making the most of your available resources on a hazmat call:

Many emergency responders at the scene of a hazmat call have noticed a vehicle arrive on scene marked “Emergency Management” or a person at the Command Post wearing a command vest that states likewise and wondered “What exactly does emergency management Do?” Emergency management agencies and personnel do indeed have a “place at the table” at hazmat incidents — especially those of a large-scale nature — and emergency responders that are cognizant of that fact will be able to make the most of their available resources by involving emergency management when appropriate at hazmat incidents.

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ASK ERNIE ”The Apparatus Maintenance Expert”

What was the new EPA ruling with emergency apparatus for emmision systems?

The Federal EPA, at the request of FAMA and emergency services agencies across North America, have listened to the complaints and issues related to the current 2007 and newer EPA certified compression ignition (diesel) engines. The simple explanation is that the emissions controls on “Emergency Vehicles” are going to allow some exemptions from those of “Over the Road” (OTR) vehicle engines, which are the core of our emergency vehicles.

The changes are incorporated in the Federal Register of June 8, 2012 (http://gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-08/pdf/2012-13088.pdf) and EPA Regulatory Announcement of May 2012 (http://epa.gov/oms/highway-diesel/regs/420f12025.pdf). Those changes will be a combination of software emissions changes/upgrades, ability to perform a “regen” on demand and on a planned cycle, and may go so far as to allow a device to relieve excessive DPF backpressure in certain emergency situation like high altitude operations. Any such device will only be allowed in rare instances and with documentation of fact that without the device, the unit will not be able to properly respond.

The final rule also now includes all compression ignition engines in emergency service starting at the 14,000# GVWR. The actual documents spell out my explanation to greater detail. The most responsive approach by the engine manufacturers is to update the software to allow for an on-demand activation of the DPF regeneration system without the DPF plugging to a high much reduced exhaust flow. Caterpillar has already initiated such software and manual switching to accomplish the on-demand DPF regen.

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The educational conference all volunteer fire officers should attend

As volunteer fire officers we have several issues facing us every day. One that seems to be near the top of the list is the fire department budget. This is certainly an issue that won’t be going away any time soon. And if you are like most departments you will have to pick and choose the conferences and training courses you will attend each year. If you are a company officer and you want great leadership training the IAFC’s Volunteer and Combination Section offers Symposium in the Sun held each November in Clearwater Beach, Fla. 

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Fort Mill Fire Department

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Fort Mill Fire Department

Type Department: Combination

Number of Stations: 1

Do you provide EMS? No, but soon will be. Target date January 2013 to provide first responder BLS

Specialty Operations: No, but certain department members are on County and State Teams for Haz-Mat, USAR, etc.

Annual Budget: $1,027,121.00

Area Covered Sq. miles: 26

Population: 35,000

Total Runs: 1006

Fire: 1006 EMS: 0

Chief: Ken Kerber

Chief Officers: Deputy Chief Jerry Chapman

Other Officers: 3 Shift Lieutenants

Number of Members: 24, 14 paid and 10 volunteers

Address: 121 Tom Hall Street Fort Mill, SC 29716

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 803-547-5511

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Rescue helmets and 2012 review

Another year is upon us and it’s time to look at our equipment needs for the future. New technology is always knocking at our door, some good and some more show than deliverance. When looking at your equipment requirements, always consider what you need to accomplish, and the best equipment to do that for you. Also, look at the quality and duration of the equipment. Sometimes it is better to spend a little more for something that is going to last longer than equipment you pinched pennies on. If you have to make a purchase twice as often, it may not be economical in the long run.

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The foundations to building your firehouse

There have been numerous articles over the last several years discussing designing and building firehouses. These articles, while informative, are talking about Big Picture stuff. What are missing though, are the details; and we all know the devil is in the details. I have been involved in the design and construction of firehouses since 1997. One of the many things I have observed is that most people do not know how to read plans, including firefighters. Building a new firehouse is usually a once in a career event. So it is understandable that firefighters do not understand the complete process that gets you to the ground breaking, let alone a ribbon cutting. How can you go from sitting around the kitchen table dreaming of a new firehouse, (or complaining about the one you’re in, your choice) to rolling out of the new building on that first call, if you do not understand the architectural process or speak the language of architects? In other words, what happens if you can’t understand the specifications or read the plans?

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The economics of shared facilities

Have you recently been the victim of “Station Sticker-Shock?” That is, are the eyebrow-raising projected construction costs for your upcoming building project more than your department’s budget can afford? In these times of escalating construction costs and diminishing building budgets, the answer to this question becomes very, very important. As one potential solution to this problem, let’s consider how the option of multiple facility users may be the key to making your construction dreams a reality.

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Prepare your station for winter weather

Many of us look forward to the coming holiday season, but not so much the cold weather. The switch from fall to winter and the associated weather it brings can wreak havoc on your building. Cold weather will exacerbate any problems you have with your building, and finding out about and fixing those problems isn’t easily done during the winter months. This article provides tips for helping get your building through the cold weather, which is fast approaching. Remember that preventing problems is far more cost effective than fixing problems after they happen.

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The 7 principals of a good officer

Ever since you were young, you were amazed at the big red trucks with all the flashing lights and the loud bells, sirens and horns. Growing up you watched television shows like Emergency and begged to go to the theater to see The Towering Inferno. In elementary school and scouts you went to the firehouse on the annual station tours, or most importantly, you have a family member in a department. This is what you have always wanted to be — a firefighter. Now you’ve advanced through the ranks, you’ve gained experience, you have put in your time, taken the exam, and CONGRATULATIONS, you’re top on the promotional list, and now you’re an officer. Where do you go from here?

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DCCC to host 29th annual emergency services college

Davidson County Community College will host its 29th Annual Central Piedmont Emergency Services College – an event that not only will help train and prepare those who serve in emergency services and public safety, but also will serve as a great opportunity for families to learn about fire education and safety prevention. Classes will be held on Feb. 15-17 at the DCCC Davidson Campus; family educational events will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the Public Safety Building parking lot.

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B-FIT prepares the mind and body

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College partnered with city and county fire departments and the NC Department of Insurance to create B-FIT: Basic Firefighter Indoctrination Training, an intensive training program that challenges participants physically, mentally and academically.

Almost 500 hours of instruction and hands-on application over a three-month period gives students the tools and experience needed to achieve the state’s Firefighter II certification. Candidates take a reading comprehension test, perform a physical agility test, and complete a written exam an application package.

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Silo fires

On August 27, 1985, three firefighters were killed as a result of an explosion that occurred at an oxygen-limiting silo. On April 11, 2010, another firefighter was killed during a silo explosion that threw him from the ladder attached to the silo. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Line of Duty Death (LODD) reports that include silo explosions are not as rare as one would think. So, what exactly are these silos and how are they killing us?

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Interoperability: how well do we work together?

The need for improved communication among public safety agencies continues to be an important issue in the post 9/11 era. Interoperability or a lack thereof came to light during the responses to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Since then, interoperability issues and frustration over poor communication continue to emerge in large scale incidents and natural disasters, especially those that require the interaction of multiple agencies. Lack of interoperability is often a hindrance in many incidents of national significance, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Columbine School shooting, and most recently the Aurora Colorado Theater shooting. 

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Robinson Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc.

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Robinson Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc.

Type Department: Combination

Number of Stations: 1

Do you provide EMS? Yes, first responder BLS

Any Specialty Operations? Yes, NC State Heavy Rescue Certified

Annual Budget: $255,000.00

Area Covered Square miles: 6.92

Population: 4,940

Total Runs: 760 Fire: 263

EMS: 497

Chief: Robbie Honeycutt

Chief Officers: Asst. Chief Jason Myers, Asst. Chief Ted Boone

Other Officers: 5 Captains, 1 Incident Safety Officer

Number of Members: 33

Address: 5304 Mecklenburg Shrine Club Road Charlotte, NC 28229

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 704-536-6876

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Are you a Breakaway Leader?

Many times throughout my career and formal education, I have heard of and seen many visual images used to help inspire and lead those atop organizations. Please indulge me during this article as I use the visual image of a bicycle racing peloton to describe what should be the strength and unity of the leadership of any fire service organization.

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Why are junior firefighters important?

Junior Firefighter Programs

Recently I had a chance to spend some time with a friend of mine, James Boyette; who is an officer with the Rosewood Fire Dept. in Wayne County, N.C. The main topic of our conversation was their new junior firefighter program. It just so happened that my friend is in charge of it.

During this discussion he told me of the work that he had been doing and the work that the juniors had already been doing. I was extremely pleased to hear this.

Why a Junior Program?

I have been on several volunteer fire departments in my career. I would say most of them had a junior firefighter program.

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Heavy vehicle rescue

We talked about the statistics of trucks and buses on the highway and the crashes as they pertain to the drivers, road conditions and other factors that contribute to these crashes. We also looked at the classifications of trucks as to their weights and sizes. Knowing the size and weight will aid you in your scene size up and assessment. Not always knowing what the cargo is can present a hazard to the rescuer and the victims. When we talk about heavy vehicle rescue, most think about tractor trailers. We must also think about specialty trucks as they can present more of a problem at times, than the large and heavy semi-trucks.

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But, there is not a standard for that!

Recently, while discussing training standards in North Carolina with members of a rescue association, the topic centered on all of the “rescue standards” available to both paid and volunteer rescuers. Mainly, discussion centered around NFPA and IFSAC standards as they relate to the various disciplines in today’s rescue service.

Now mind you, the discussions were not against technical standards, but more in support of them, since they require rescuers to be trained similarly, in the same techniques and applications, with the equipment of the agency having jurisdiction (AHJ). But then, a question was asked, “why aren’t there standards covering everything we as rescuers can get into?” I must have given the audience the “deer in the headlights” look. If dumb looks were worth anything, I’d be a millionaire!

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Structural tower rescue

(This is part three of a three part series on structural tower rescue.)

Last issue we focused our discussion on structural tower management to include tower related emergencies and medical considerations. We also talked about the importance of proper preparation for tower climbing and associated fall protection. In this final article we are going to get into the meat and potatoes of structural tower rescue. We will be discussing tower based and ground based rescues.

Let’s look at the key concepts and factors that assist in the determination of a ground based or structure based rescue:

Structure-Based Rescues

Tower Height
Structure based rescues can be done at any height. The only limitation the rescue team may have is the length of life safety rope that is immediately available. 

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How important is maintenance and testing of apparatus and equipment?

This article will begin a series on the importance of testing apparatus and equipment to the various NFPA Standards. This article will cover some of NFPA 1911 and the ones to follow will discuss the minimum requirements for establishing an inspection, maintenance, and testing program for your apparatus and equipment and later the various inspection and tests needed to comply with:

  • NFPA 1915 Standard for Fire Apparatus Preventative Maintenance
  • NFPA 1914 Standard for testing of Fire Department Aerial Devices.
  • NFPA 1932Standards on use and Maintenance and service testing of In-Service Fire Department Ground Ladders
  • NFPA 1962 Standards for the Inspection, Care, and Use of Fire Hose, Couplings, and Nozzles and the Service Testing of Fire Hose.
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What defines an ‘engineer’?

I have never been one to sugar coat or even try to make the things I need to say a little more easy to the ears and I am sure not going to start now. I have been in the fire service and in the fire apparatus repair field for 16 years now and I must say things have really changed. When I say changed it is not for the good that I am writing about. It used to be as an engineer, well that term is used a little too lightly now, this was a promotion up from riding backwards and then from there you went to the right seat as far as promotions went and the engineer would fill in when the officer was gone. We are taking this a little too lightly when it comes to an operator/engineer or a driver — big difference here and I think everyone will agree after reading this. Oh yeah, and by the way, if I offend you in any way you need to get over it and deal with it, because if it does offend you then you are second guessing yourself and need to reevaluate your engineer program.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Code 3 Introduces the Defender TC2

Code 3®, Inc. Enhances the Defender TC2 MultiColor Lightbar!

The new Defender TC2 maintains the same great intense brightness and off-angle signal that the Defender has come to be known for PLUS offers many enhancements to its dual color capability.

  • Select from several different dual color TC6 lightheads that can flash two full distinctly different color signals: red/blue, red/white, blue/white, red/amber, blue/amber, and amber/white.
  • Flash a dual color lighthead in a single color only, to be compliant with any state or local color requirements.
  • Flash a dual color red/blue lighthead and then switch to a takedown function that mixes the two colors to produce a powerful white takedown/scene light, or if in a corner position an additional alley/side light.
  • Flash a dual color red/amber or blue/amber lighthead and then switch to an all amber signal for NarrowStik® traffic directing functions.
  • Operate a red/white or blue/white lighthead in a single red or blue flashing mode, a multi-color mode that flashes both colors, or switch it to a takedown function that steady burns the white signal to create additional takedown/scene lighting. This can also be done in the corner position of the Defender to create additional alley/side lighting.

Multicolor Capability Offers Several Advantages

Two full signals out of one lighthead — no more compromising signal strength and size by splitting an LED lighthead or using two lightheads to get two colors.

By turning a dual color lighthead into a clear takedown or alley light, officers do not have to worry about giving up lighting positions in the bar for takedowns or alley lights—they are already there!

The additional takedown, scene or side lighting also creates a large area of bright lighting that is perfect when conditions require extra lighting of the area around or in front of the vehicle.

Visit www.code3pse.com for more information or contact Code 3 at (314) 426-2700 to arrange a demonstration.

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Talking about that 5 letter word

Welcome back. Hope you enjoyed the first column of “Lessons learned on the home front.” I am sure this stirred memories of those “seasoned” couples. Everyone has a story, even the newest couple of the department. After my husband and teenage daughter read the column, they both looked at me asking “What is a DH.” To some DH may be designated hitter, but to me DH is my Dear Husband.

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Firehouse Menu

White Chili

 1 onion chopped
 1 small can green chilies or 2-3 fresh green chilies
 3-4 cloves of garlic minced

Cook this until tender in 2-3 Tbl Olive Oil

 Add 2 cups medium to hot Salsa or small jar (I prefer Pace brand)
 1 Qt of chicken broth
 1 can of sweet corn, juice and all
 1 can of black beans, drained
 4-6 Cans White beans (Great northern) Pour in the juice and all
 Jalapeno peppers if you want it hotter.
 2 Tbl Creole seasoning. I use Tony Chechere Creole seasoning.

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Rooted IN relationship

Relationships are the single most influential factor determining personal and professional success. They are the core of our connection to the universe, and instrumental to emergency responders’ capacity to connect and collaborate when crisis calls. No other profession engages purpose, passion and potential in such a competitive and collaborative manner.

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Are you fit and healthy for the job?

As I do 12 Lead EKG with O2 uptake testing for firefighters, I often hear comments,” I don’t have to be fit enough to run a road race like an athlete” or “we are taught as firefighters never to run”. While these comments may be correct, it still is important to understand 2 reasons why firefighters should strive to have a certain VO2 max.

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Walk like a duck, quack like a duck ... are you a duck?

Do you aspire to move up in your fire department? Does your present attitude and subsequent actions reflect your future job aspirations? Many things ultimately determine employee advancement in the fire service. First, a position must be available. This usually occurs either due to a retirement or departmental expansion. Second, you must be perceived as a contributing employee, capable of leadership and advancing the goals and mission of the fire department. Last, but not least, you must be prepared for the testing and interview process necessary to obtain the promotion. There are three common-sense methods — accompanied by some philosophical quotes — which I would like for you to consider in your quest for advancement:

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Rowan Museum presents ‘Where’s The Fire’ exhibit

The Rowan Museum in Salisbury, N.C. opened a new exhibit on Sept. 30, 2012. “Where’s the Fire” acknowledges the history of all the Rowan County departments, fire and EMS, and the related personnel through written, photographic records and physical artifacts.

The opening was the culmination of over a year of work. Working with the Rowan Firemen’s Association, items of historical significance were collected by departments and placed on loan for the three month display. Response was widespread and a sub-committee was developed to put a format together to capture and display the items in an educational format that would be informative and fun for all ages.

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One size does not fit all when training

The rigidity that is so prevalent in our profession serves us well for continuity, historical preservation, and teaching the lessons learned of the fire service. I do not belittle that importance or seek to trade out experience for other tools or models. But the training of persons in our occupation and the professional world has changed and is changing daily. The tragedy of our current fire service generation very well could be the lack of flexibility and adaptability of our training delivery to ensure recruitment and retention of the next wave of competent and dedicated persons looking for a strong coherent occupation. If I have heard it once, I have heard it a thousand times — training is the reason we can’t get — qualified applicants, or volunteers or people in general.

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Myrtle Beach saltwater fishing tip for rookies

Be Sure to Get a License!
South Carolina requires anglers 16 years old and up to obtain a Saltwater Fishing License. A two week permit for a non resident is $14; a SC resident is $5.

Be Familiar with Regulations!
Most shark species are not allowed to be kept and there are limits to how much fish you can take. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) provides a Hunting and Fishing Manual that will get you up to speed on what’s legal.

Fish in the Early Morning Hours!
Beach goers typically start setting up their sunbathing spots around 9 a.m.

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Winter 2013 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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