CFJ Vol. 27.4 (Spring 2013)

from the editor - Spring 2013

This is my favorite time of year for the fire, rescue and EMS industry as our staff has the chance to attend several conferences. This issue will be distributed at the South Carolina Fire-Rescue Expo, June 10-15 in Myrtle Beach. It is a time to meet old friends and make new ones, learn about the new products on the market, and enjoy Myrtle Beach. This year is extra special, as the Southeast Chiefs conference will be held in Charleston, S.C., June 19-22. We look forward to seeing you at our booth at both shows.

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‘We only have a few hours to find them!’

Has your department or agency ever been faced with a search and rescue (SAR) operation in which a rapidly closing window of opportunity is available to conduct a successful search? Have you ever had to make a decision based upon the benefit-risk assessment to the victims and rescuers? Have you ever had to suspend a SAR operation due to an approaching storm, knowing the victims are still lost, possibly hurt and needing to be rescued? If you stay in SAR work long enough, you will likely be faced with such decisions — and they won’t be easy to make, because we are rescuers. And we have been taught that we never quit or give up, right?

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Developing an annual training program

The development of a functional training program is an essential part of any fire and emergency services organization. This article will address some considerations when organizing your training program. Chiefs, company officers, instructors or anyone involved in delivering training play a vital role in preparing firefighters to handle challenges faced on a daily basis. Establishing an annual program will take time and should include input from all members. Your goal as a training officer should be to deliver the safest and most realistic training possible to help members achieve the department’s mission.

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Heavy vehicle rescue

We had a few rough days this winter, saw a little ice and snow during the Piedmont Fire Expo, but overall the weather was not too bad. Obviously some folks had it worse than others and I am sure there were more crashes on the roads than normal. I passed six on my way to the expo, most were those 4-wheel drive vehicles, imagine that. There is a big difference between ice and snow. The weather is now warming up as spring is around the corner and a time to get some training in. We just finished a heavy vehicle class in Fayetteville the first of March, and the guys from Fayetteville Fire and Cotton Fire did a great job. Thanks to Phillips Towing for all the help as well.

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From reactive to proactive and beyond

I was listening to a dear friend and colleague speak the other day, and this friend made the statement: “It’s a great day to be a firefighter in the state of South Carolina.” My friend used this quote a number of times during the talk that he was giving. I listened intently while he spoke, but that statement resounded through my head for the next few days, and still does on occasion. I thought about this statement frequently. My friend is right; it is a great day to be a firefighter in the state of South Carolina. Every day to me this statement rings true. Being a firefighter is the best job in the world, regardless of rank, or sub-category that you place yourself in, the title firefighter says it all. We share a common bond of service above self, and nothing else really matters beyond that.

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A look at outer wear

We are now moving into the spring of the year and things are starting to come to life. The weather will be getting warmer and more folks will be out on the roads, at the lakes, visiting the parks and just being out and about. It is also budget time for departments that are on a July 1st budget year. Those budgets have to be worked on and submitted for the June approval. This is the time of year we have to look at our needs and see what equipment is at the top of the list, sometimes a tough situation to be in.

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Returning to the foundations: fire behavior

By now, we have figured out to what ends our means is accomplished as we take the task of fire fighting to heart. Understanding what fire is and how to interpret its life signs and shadows are essential to all firefighters’ safety and survival. The ability to use the information assists in our gaining the advantage on fire itself within structures, vehicles and wildland operations. With civilian injuries and fatalities noted daily, including our own injuries and deaths — this creates the needed mindset change to continue to learn and understand the demon we dedicate to tame.

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You get what you give

Recently I have been in a reflective and somewhat pensive mood. It’s due to many things that are going on including recent surgery; a new year and some needed changes in my life. In addition, it seems that every week I hear about people who started their careers after I did choosing to retire for the good life. That’s a good thing for them but boy am I feeling old! I have also had several friends that have undergone serious shoulder, hip, knee and heart surgery. They have all done well and are healing well. When you add all of this together, it makes you stop and think about what is important in life. As an example, my recent surgery was technically simple and I went through it without any major setback or problems. I did worry about the “what if” something went wrong and my life plans were changed suddenly. Fortunately it went smooth.

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ASK ERNIE “The Apparatus Maintenance Expert”

Explain the new changes to NFPA 1962 for hose testing that will impact fire departments.

I will defer to John Carbo, FF/EMT for the Thorndale FD, PA. He has reviewed the NFPA 1962 and written an extensive report on updates at: http://thorndalefirecompany.com/apps/public/news/newsView.cfm?News_ID=536

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Automotive Event Recorders: Ally or big brother?

The scenario is all too familiar. An emergency vehicle involved in a collision with another vehicle resulting in bodily injury and property damage. Your driver had done everything correct — lights and sirens, full stop at the red light, checked each lane of traffic, and yet a car drove around the other stopped vehicles and struck the fire truck or ambulance. After the injured are cared for and vehicles removed, a witness suddenly comes forward to say he did not hear any sirens or see your vehicle stop. You already know a long string of legal issues are facing both your organization as well as your driver. Wouldn’t it be great if you always had an irrefutable witness who saw everything exactly as it occurred and is always correct? Well, such a witness already exists in the form of Automotive Event Recorders (AER).

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Understanding the architectural plans

(Note: This is part two of a multi-issue topic.)

Last issue I spoke about programming and specifications to build a firehouse. This issue’s topic is the plans themselves. I am a firm believer in making sure people understand the why of something. Probably because I need to understand the why of something before I can totally accept it. So before we dive any deeper perhaps I should explain a couple of things.

Who Needs the Plans?

In order to build a modern 21st century firehouse the plan set will be 100 to 150 pages in length. You won’t understand most of them at first glance and you won’t understand some of them at all, ever.

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Don’t be fooled when selecting your fire hose

A vital element of a water delivery system, which cannot be overlooked, is the hose you select. Modern fire hose has improved tremendously. Therefore, many of “the rules” such as tip size in relation to hose diameter; maximum flow capabilities and fire hose friction loss have changed. In fact, it is now possible to get big water through one and three-quarter, two and two and one-half inch hose!

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Sprinklers, fuels, Albert Einstein and Bob Dylan

I write this quarter with a heavy heart. On January 27, 2013, a fire occurred at the Kiss Nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil. Tragically, 236 people were killed as a result of the fire. The fire cause was a familiar one. A pyrotechnic was fired during a band’s performance which ignited soundproofing foam on the ceiling. Media reports indicate that the fire spread was only exceeded by the smoke. Additionally, it was reported that security, thinking that evacuees were trying to leave without paying their tabs, stopped the initial evacuees at the primary means of egress. This incident is disturbingly similar to one that occurred in a small town in Rhode Island.

Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The aforementioned Rhode Island fire was, of course, the Station nightclub fire. It occurred on Feb. 20, 2003, just over 10 years ago, in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

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The Globally Harmonized System

The mere mention of the term “Globally Harmonized System” probably conjures up images of new age philosophy or persons sitting in a circle playing drums when mentioned in the company of hazardous materials/emergency responders. In all actuality, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) impacts all hazmat responders and even responders not on the “glow bug” side of things in the realms of both response and everyday station life. In this article, we will take a close look at what the GHS is, discuss how the GHS impacts us, and discover the required training and usage elements of the GHS.

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (otherwise known as the Globally Harmonized System or simply GHS) was developed by the United Nations, with the first edition of the actual document adopted in December 2002 and published in 2003. The GHS is updated every two years, with the current edition being the fourth edition published in 2011. The intent of the GHS is to improve safety and enhance the awareness of hazards worldwide in governmental, regional institution, international organization, and industrial settings. You may then ask “How will the intent of the GHS be translated into action ‘out in the field’?” These actions to back up the intent described above consist of a three-pronged approach:

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Mass violence incident operations

Threats

With the recent mass shooting/active shooter incidents it is important that first responders and planners are aware of these incidents and how to respond to them. Regardless of where you work, you and your agency will likely face the challenge of responding to incidents that may include acts of large scale violence towards civilians and acts of violence towards responders. These can and do occur in urban, suburban, metro and rural settings. In fact, typically these incidents occur in smaller to midsize communities. These responses will require an immediate “joint” response including law enforcement, fire and EMS. This article will focus specifically on the first 20 to 30 minutes of the incident. In hostile incidents like this it is essential that law enforcement and fire/EMS personnel can work together.

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50 shades of red

Well boys and girls we are going to pick up where we left off on the last article — being an engineer. This was a request from one of my friends from Carolina Trace Fire Dept. We briefly discussed the area of being an engineer in the last article but we did not discuss it fully, which is what we are going to do at this time.

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An introduction to winch operations

The winch is probably the most common machine used in rigging today. The winch theory is used throughout most cities with traction elevators, on tow trucks, at construction sites, shipping yards and industrial work sites. All most all fire departments have some type of winch, whether it’s in the form of a small manual come along, or the industrial rated Grip Hoist or specs for a large 50,000 gross vehicle weight (GVW) rescue company. Some basic terms that many people get mixed up on — it is not called cable! Its correct term is wire rope. Slang or jargon you will hear it referenced as, “wire” or even “rope” in the elevator trade or on construction sites. There are six requirements, which must be considered when selecting the wire rope.

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Give opportunities to your crew

Spring is in the air and baseball season is upon us. Talking about sports, a fatal mistake for a coach to make is to misjudge the playing level of his players. Pro basketball player Jeremy Lin comes to my mind. He was playing in the D-League in the 2011-2012 season where he warmed the bench for the New York Nicks until he was put on the starting lineup in February 2012. He was unknown to the basketball world. That single opportunity gave the Nicks an unexpected winning streak. From that winning streak, Lin coined the phrase, “Linsanity.” What made the difference? Did he really train hard for a few months to give him the skills to win? Did the coach over look his skills? I can only imagine the looks and conversations between the coach and the team owners saying something like, “Why didn’t you have him in the starting lineup earlier in the season”? He became an overnight star. Why? He was given an opportunity.

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Site considerations for new and expanding emergency facilities

No matter if a fire department or EMS unit is all volunteers, all paid or a combination, population growth throughout the Southeast has placed increased demand on all emergency service providers. Over the past 20 years, urban sprawl has led to larger town and city footprints and rural areas planting septic tanks instead of crops. These service providers are constantly faced with the issue of facility renovation/expansion as well as the need for additional facilities as a result of the growth within their service districts. The need for improved facilities is driven by the departments’ desire to provide the best service to their customers, the tax payers, and to maintain or improve the ISO rating of the department.

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Overhauling a training program: changing everything

A training program that is not comprehensive, effective and/or efficient must be changed! When you consider how events have impacted our operations in recent years, we as the fire service have taken on EMS, hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism, just to name a few. The need for training has always been prevalent but does this topic get the needed attention to detail? In talking with a lot of departments from small rural volunteer groups to large municipal departments this area seems to be the one that takes a back burner to most every other task in the fire service.

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Preventing heat-related, heat-stress injuries

Firefighters, hazmat professionals and emergency services personnel in heavy gear are no strangers to the risk of heat-related injuries. Emergency responders are constantly exposed to the dangers of hot indoor/outdoor environments, structural and/or wildland fires, and an abundance of heavy personal protective equipment to mitigate other safety risks. So how do we protect our men and women on the front lines of emergency response from the dangers of heat-related injuries?

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Emergency incident rehab

(This is part one of a two-part series on incident rehab.)

Fire fighting requires the same precautions as any sporting event or high-intensity, high-stress activity. This is true in both cold and hot environments and can involve serious injury or even death if not given the same considerations as an equivalent sporting activity. Sudden cardiac death has consistently been the number-one cause of firefighter line-of-duty deaths (LODDs) each year in the United States. (Fahy, RF, LeBlanc, PR, and Molis, JL (2010). Firefighter fatalities in the United States-2009 and U.S. fire service fatalities in structure fires, 1977-2009. This was retrieved from National Fire Protection Association Web site. Part of this is attributed to the prevalence of obesity among firefighters but also to the weight of turnout gear, restricted airflow due to PPE and environment and the heat of the incident itself. The “I’m too tough” mindset or peer pressure to keep up with the rest of a group also plays a role in incident-related case study fatalities. You can’t and shouldn’t will yourself past your body’s natural cries for help. You ignore these signs at your own (and sometimes others) risk.

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How important is maintenance and testing of ground ladders and fire hose?

This article will explain the importance of testing ground ladders and fire hose to the NFPA Standards. This article will cover some of NFPA 1932 and NFPA 19 minimum requirements for establishing an inspection, maintenance, and testing program for your ground ladders and fire hose:

  • NFPA 1932 Standard on Use, Maintenance, and Service Testing of In-Service Fire Department Ground Ladders
  • NFPA 1962 Standard for Inspection, Care, and Use of Fire Hose, Couplings, and Nozzles and the Service Testing of fire Hose.
NFPA 1932 Standard on Use, Maintenance, and Service Testing of In-Service Fire Department Ground Ladders specifies requirements for the use, maintenance, inspection, and service testing of fire department ground ladders. The standard also provides a means to determine if in-service fire department ground ladders are fit for continued service.
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Fire Station Profile

Station

York Fire Department

Type Department: Combination

Number of Stations: 1

Do you provide EMS? Yes, BLS only.

Specialty Operations: Extrication and Rescue.

Annual Budget: $748,081.00

Area Covered Square miles: Sixty-four square miles — largest in the county.

Population: 25,000

Total Runs: 952

Fire: 647 EMS: 305

Chief: Domenic Manera

Chief Officers: Assistant Chief Gary Good

Other Officers: 1 Captain, 3 Lieutenants

Number of Members: 39, 9 paid and one administration (non FF)

Address: 14 North Roosevelt Street, York, SC 29745

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 803-684-1700

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Medical research made easy

There can be little doubt that evidence based medicine is here to stay. EMS has seen a number of treatments and gadgets added to its bag of tricks in the past decade or so thanks to this concept. Conversely, more than a few treatments have fallen victim to the unforgiving standards of evidence based practice. At its core, evidence-based medicine requires that clinicians make treatment decisions consistent with sound scientific support. Scientific evidence is demonstrated through a variety of research methods, the results of which are most commonly presented in the form of research papers published in academic journals. The ability to read and interpret these papers is foundational to one’s ability to practice evidence-based medicine. While most any physician is at least reasonably adept doing so, many EMS providers remain ignorant. Fortunately, assessing medical research at a basic level is not a difficult skill to master — further, this basic understanding is sufficient to glean much information with which EMS providers may enhance their practice.

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Indecision: be an effective incident commander

“Indecision may or may not be my problem.”
— Jimmy Buffett

The American Heritage Dictionary defines indecision as “Reluctance or an inability to make up one’s mind; irresolution.” I think that we would all agree that indecision is not an acceptable trait in the fire service. We never know what the next set of tones will render ... but we know that we are most certainly going. The outcome of the incident is ultimately decided by our decisions and the subsequent actions taken. From the rank of firefighter to Incident Commander (IC), while operating at an incident scene, we are either actively involved (a commission) or not (an omission) actively involved in actions that will safely and efficiently bring the incident to a resolution.

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Better information exchange with new technology

Every now and then, the world of technology is rocked by what is known as “disruptive change.” It’s the development of some new device or system that is so radically different than what came before it that it truly transforms the way people do things. Take, for instance, the personal computer or the internet; both are examples of disruptive change that altered the lives of each and every one of us. Today, tablet mobile operating systems and cloud data storage are having similar effects.

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A case for clean turnout gear

The protective clothing that isolates the firefighter from the fire is most often referred to as turnout gear, bunker gear, personal protective equipment (PPE) and also the firemen’s ensemble.

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Greenville-Tech and USC School of Medicine-Greenville team up to provide a new level of medical education

Greenville Technical College and the USC School of Medicine-Greenville have joined forces to expose future doctors to field reality. USC Greenville is the only medical school in the nation that requires students to become certified EMTs through Greenville Tech and to “ride” for at least two years. The value of this experience is in exposing future doctors to the realities behind illness and injury and to the roles of first responders in emergency situations.

In August, the first class of medical students took part in an emergency medical technician operations exercise held on the Greenville Memorial Medical Campus. This lifelike exercise with hospital personnel playing the role of patients served as a capstone exercise for the students’ EMT education.

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Behavioral health: retaining our bravest

We are family. We never forget. And as such, we have a wealth of experiences only matched by a few other professions. The traditions and values we carry with us collectively have served us well and they fill us with memories both good and bad. It is a given that our longevity and success as firefighters is dependent on our overall health, training and experience. Therefore, the necessity of maintenance of skills and physical capability is self-evident and practiced daily. However, part of retention and our healthy navigation to retirement must be measured in our behavioral wellbeing.

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Throw away the calendar and celebrate each day

Spring is a time for change. Everything looks better in the springtime. Even those dreaded schedules that everyone brings to the family meets — because you know, summertime is near. Schedules, calendars, schedules, calendars — what more can we say. It is amazing how life has changed over the past 19 years for our family.

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Elements of Effective Relationships

Relationships are literally our roots to the universe. We all have them in varying depths and degrees, determined by the amount of time and energy we invest in cultivating those connections.

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Weight lifting in the fire service

If you’re already lifting weights why not do it with optimal results. This article is for the firefighter who is lifting weights and wants to know if they are doing the right lifts to become better at their job. The first thing you have to accept is that as firefighters we are athletes. We must train for performance. With personnel cuts happening every day, today’s firefighters are asked to do more work. You can either complain that it is not fair or do something to prepare yourself. Many firefighters like to lift weights to stay in shape. Let’s analyze where weight lifting in fire service is and where it needs to be for the future.

Firefighters are unique creatures who love more power. Bigger diesel engines, bigger capacity pumps, extrication tools with more cutting force and the list goes on. However, when it comes to human power we can often be as stubborn as a donkey. It is not my intent to even touch the subject of out of shape firefighters, that is a whole other matter. My concern is the firefighters who crave horsepower/muscle power.

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Is your health screening program academically and medically verifiable?

As heart disease is the number one cause of on duty deaths, an academically and medically verifiable program is mandatory. Therefore, the fire service must do the research to ensure that their program meets all of the necessary criteria.

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‘Take my building, please!’

Everyone loves hand-me-downs, right? Is that true for buildings? If your public safety facility needs are well-known in your community, you can expect several people to suggest the old abandoned grocery store on Highway 9, an old city hall, or even a vacant spec building in an industrial park for your next project.

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Fire Station Profile

Station

Providence Volunteer Fire Department

Type Department: Combination

Number of Stations: 1

Do you provide EMS? Yes, BLS only

Specialty Operations: Medium Duty Rescue Provider

Annual Budget: $665,000.00

Area Covered Square miles: 15.9 sq mi

Population: 9,459

Total Runs: 366

Fire: 225 EMS: 141

Chief: Joshua Dye

Chief Officers: Deputy Chief Daryl Matthews, Assistant Chief Steve Carow, Rescue Chief Brian Pethel

Other Officers: 4 Captains, 1 Lieutenant

Number of Members: 49, 24 Paid part time

Address: 5025 Hemby Road Matthews, N.C. 28104

E-mail: www.providencevfd.com

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The pride in the badge

Badges to commemorate special events are more popular than ever. Ranging from the anniversary of 9/11, to special events like the Super Bowl or the Presidential election, these badges are a sign of pride and honor for each department. However, anniversary badges are by far the most common.

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North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum

Although the name is a mouthful, it is one that reflects the unique partnership between the city that built and owns the museum and the corporation that owns the fire trucks displayed inside. Officially known as the “North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center,” the fire museum combines the City of North Charleston’s vision of fire prevention and safety with one of America’s oldest fire apparatus manufactures, American LaFrance. From our childhood days, many of us have been enthralled with fire trucks. We admire the firefighters, we aspire to become them and we are still thrilled with the sight of these modern marvels on the road. The fire museum capitalizes on those feelings and is more than a garage of antique fire trucks. It is an interesting exhibit, yes, but it has excellent educational value, presented in a fascinating context.

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Help rescue the sea turtles at the S.C. Aquarium

Rescue workers, they’re on the front-line, saving people’s lives on a daily basis. In Charleston, South Carolina there’s another type of rescue worker saving a different species — you can find them at the South Carolina Aquarium.

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South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo

The South Atlantic FIRE RESCUE Expo will return to Raleigh Aug. 7-10, 2013. This year’s theme is “Service with Passion.” We’ve seen the passion for the fire service grow every year as our attendance grows. In 2012 we had over 4,000 attendees and we hope to attract more this year with all of the exciting things we have to offer.

The Brotherhood Bash will return bigger than ever to raise money for great causes, including the N.C. Firefighters Fund scholarships for firefighters and the N.C. Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The Brotherhood Bash will be held at Napper Tandy’s on Fri., Aug. 9 on West Street.

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Industry News

S.C. Fire Apparatus Named Rosenbauer Dealership

Rosenbauer America announces the appointment of South Carolina Fire Apparatus of Fort Mill, S.C. as its Authorized Sales and Service dealer lead by Ron J. Cheves and George J. Rieder.

Chief Ron J. Cheves (ret.) has 39 plus years as a volunteer in the fire and emergency services rising to the position of fire chief. He currently manages the Red Ribbon courses for the VCOS section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and in 2012 was appointed by the IAFC to NFPA 1720, the standard for Organization and Deployment by Volunteer Fire-EMS Dept. “In partnering with Rosenbauer, we can expand our product offering to have a fit in every community in South Carolina. Rosenbauer’s experience and understanding of this diverse market allows for a mutual commitment to superior customer service and providing first-class emergency vehicles,” says Cheves.

George J. Rieder also retired from the career fire service as fire chief. He has more than 50 years in the fire service, and a previous owner of a very successful Rosenbauer dealership in Tenn. and Ga. After selling the dealership George became regional sales rep for Rosenbauer where he remained until now.

Contact [email protected] or call 803-802-2044 for more information.

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE

ALBEMARLE COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE

2013 Pierce Arrow XT PUC Pumper w/ Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 400 HP engine, 1500 GPM Pierce pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 independent front suspension, Husky 12 Foam.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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AMELIA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT

AMELIA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT

2012 Pierce Saber PUC Pumper w/Cummins ISL 400 HP engine, 1250 GPM Pierce pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, Pierce Command Zone, Will-Burt light tower, Harrison 20KW generator.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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ARLINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

ARLINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Arrow XT pumper tanker w/Pierce chassis, Detroit DD13 500 HP engine, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 3,000 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 independent front suspension.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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BEAUFORT FIRE DEPARTMENT

BEAUFORT FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Saber Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 9, 400 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, Husky 3 foam system, Harrison 6 KW generator.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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CHUCKATUCK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

CHUCKATUCK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Arrow XT pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 450 HP, 1250 GPM Hale pump, 750 gal. tank, Harrison 15 KW generator, Amdor roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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HEMBY BRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT

HEMBY BRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Saber Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 9, 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, Harrison 10 KW generator, Gortite roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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KANNAPOLIS FIRE DEPARTMENT

KANNAPOLIS FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Saber Pumper w/Cummins ISL 9, 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 500 gal. UPF poly tank, Single agent foam system, Gortite roll-up doors, Harrison generator.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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MONROE FIRE DEPARTMENT

MONROE FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Arrow XT Heavy Duty Rescue w/Cummins ISX 500 HP engine, Onan 30 KW generator, roll-up doors, custom paint by Pierce.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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NEWBERN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

NEWBERN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Pumper w/International chassis, MaxxForce 330 HP engine, 1250 GPM Hale pump, 500 gal. tank, Husky 12 dual agent foam system, Harrison 20 KW generator, Gortite roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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SOUTH ANTIOCH

SOUTH ANTIOCH

2013 Pierce Saber Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 400 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. tank, Harrison 6 KW generator, Gortite roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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STATE ROAD FIRE DEPARTMENT

STATE ROAD FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Elliptical Tanker w/International chassis, MaxxForce 9, 330 HP engine, 500 GPM Waterous pump, 2000 gal. UPF poly tank, Gortite roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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VANCEBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT

VANCEBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Encore Rescue w/International chassis, MaxxForce 330 HP engine, Onan 25 KW generator, roll-up doors, custom paint by Pierce.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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#7 VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

#7 VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2012 Anchor-Richey EVS Flatbed Brush Truck w/ Ford chassis, 6.2 gasoline engine, 245 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, custom compartments, 12,000 lb. Warn winch, brush guard.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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BURNINGTOWN LOTLA FIRE DEPT.

BURNINGTOWN LOTLA FIRE DEPT.

2013 Anchor-Richey EVS 10 ft. F-550 Multi-Purpose Truck w/Ford chassis, 6.7 powerstroke diesel engine, 300 GPM Waterous pump, 300 gal. poly tank, LED warning light package.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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FORT BRAGG

FORT BRAGG

Anchor-Richey EVS 225 gal. Skid Unit w/Ford chassis, 245 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, Blizzard Wizard foam system, LED warning light package.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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MOUNTAIN HOME FIRE AND RESCUE

MOUNTAIN HOME FIRE AND RESCUE

2013 Anchor-Richey EVS F-550 Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford chassis, 6.7 power-stroke diesel, 245 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, LED extendable scene light, Nerf bars.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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MOUNTAIN VIEW VFD

MOUNTAIN VIEW VFD

2012 Anchor-Richey EVS F-350 Flatbed Brush truck w/Ford chassis, 6.2 gasoline engine, 245 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, large compartments, aluminum body, over tank storage.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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SHOOTING CREEK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

SHOOTING CREEK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

2012 Spartan ERV Commercial Side Mount Pumper T-370 w/Kenworth chassis, Cummins 330 HP engine, 1250 GPM Hale pump, 1000 gal. poly tank, pull-out trays and tool boards.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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TRI-COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

TRI-COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

2013 Anchor-Richey EVS F-450 Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford chassis, 6.8 gasoline engine, 245 GPM Hale pump 300 gal. poly tank, LED extendable scene light, Elkhart Sidewinder monitor.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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WEST LIBERTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

WEST LIBERTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

2013 Anchor-Richey F-550 10 ft. Wet Rescue Truck w/Ford chassis, 6.8 V-10 gasoline engine, 300 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, 12,000 lb. Warn winch and brush guard.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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BUNN FIRE DEPARTMENT

BUNN FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Rosenbauer Commander R611 Custom Top Mount Pumper, Rosenbauer chassis, Cummins ISL 450 engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1250 gal. UPF tank,

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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JONATHAN CREEK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

JONATHAN CREEK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

2013 Rosenbauer Maverick Side Mount Pumper/Tanker w/ International chassis, MaxxForce 10, 330 HP engine, 750 GPM Hale pump, 1600 gal. UPF tank, 10” Newton dump.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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PASQUOTANK-NIXONTON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

PASQUOTANK-NIXONTON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

2013 Navistar 4400 4-door Rosenbauer Commercial Side Mount Pumper-Tanker w/International chassis, MaxxForce 330 HP engine, 1250 GPM Waterous pump, 1250 gal. UPF tank.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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SKULL CAMP VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

SKULL CAMP VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

2012 Rosenbauer 4400 Top Mount Commercial Pumper w/International chassis, MaxxForce 330 HP engine, 1250 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, 10” Newton electric dump.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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AURORA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

AURORA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

2013 E-One 3000 Gal. Wetside Tandem Tanker w/Freightliner chassis, 350 HP Cummins engine, 500 GPM Hale pump, 3000 gal. Wetside tank, LED scene lights on all sides, swivel dump.

Provided By Fire Connections

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MACCLESFIELD RURAL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

MACCLESFIELD RURAL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

2013 E-One 4400 Commercial Pumper w/International chassis, Maxxforce 9, 330 HP engine, 1250 GPM Hale pump, 1030 gal. tank, LED scene lights, dump, 3/4 electric ladder rack.

Provided By Fire Connections

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TABERNACLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

TABERNACLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

2012 E-One Typhoon Custom Pumper w/Cummins ISC 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1030 gal. tank, LED scene lights, electric Newton dump, Amdor strip lights.

Provided By Fire Connections

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WADE COMMUNITY FIRE DEPT.

WADE COMMUNITY FIRE DEPT.

E-One Typhoon w/1500 GPM Qmax pump, 1000 gal. tank, 450 HP, 6 man cab, all rear discharge, LED backlit gauges.

Provided By Fire Connections

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WALSTONBURG RURAL FIRE DEPT.

WALSTONBURG RURAL FIRE DEPT.

2013 E-One 4400 Commercial Pumper w/International chassis, 1250 GPM Hale-Qflo pump, 1030 gal. tank, LED FRC evolution scene lights, electric Newton dump.

Provided By Fire Connections

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COLLETON COUNTY FIRE RESCUE

COLLETON COUNTY FIRE RESCUE

2012 E-One Tradition Wetside Tanker w/International 7600 chassis, MaxxForce 430 HP engine, 500 GPM Hale pump, 3000 gal. aluminum tank, Whelen M series super LED.

Provided By Fireline, Inc.

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COLLETON COUNTY FIRE-RESCUE

COLLETON COUNTY FIRE-RESCUE

2012 E-One Top Mount Rescue Pumper w/Typhoon chassis, Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 2000 GPM Qmax pump, 1,280 gal. “T” tank, Smart Power generator 10 KW hydraulic.

Provided By Fireline, Inc.

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MADISON-ROCKINGHAM RESCUE SQUAD

MADISON-ROCKINGHAM RESCUE SQUAD

2012 F-750 Extended Cab Heavy Rescue w/45 KW onboard generator, 9 KW light tower, Ramsey 9,000 lb. winch, Hurst trimo system, on board air compressor, auto canopy.

Provided By Custom Truck and Body Works

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