CFJ Vol. 28.1 (Summer 2013)

From the Editor - Summer 2013

We talk about “The Brotherhood” and the “passion” of firefighters. All very true. I have a friend whose dream was to be a firefighter. He got his acceptance this past week and he is ecstatic. Another hero in the making. But I think we sometimes forget that the departments are also businesses. David Denniston’s article on page seven speaks to handling your employee practice issues so you don’t land on the front page of the newspaper. He gives advice, ranging from interviews to polices and procedure check points. If you are in a leadership role in your department, his article will help you understand the issues and actions you need to take now.

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Intensity driven training -— know your limitations

Not long ago, I read an article suggesting firefighters should slow down during training sessions to increase duplication of the skills presented. This seems like a valid argument to ensure basic and advanced skills are learned and mastered. We can look at this type of training as practice, where more time is needed to focus on the subject. While I agree we must take more time when learning new skills and reinforcing important information, our training must also include high intensity and stressful situations. This type of training is more of a dress rehearsal for the main event.

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Can’t we all just get along?

Throughout my 25 years in fire and emergency services, many people have asked me about my best and worst times serving as a firefighter, officer and district official. There are several best times that come to mind. There are big fires that we made amazing stops at. There are extrications that seemed almost impossible when we got there and yet all the training, tools and manpower came together for favorable outcomes. There are full arrest saves and pulling people from burning buildings. Those are the fun times; the times that make me damn proud to have served my community.

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Those darn new guys ... bridging the generation gap

“They don’t think like we do, they didn’t learn things the way we did, and they sure don’t perform like we did when we got out of the academy. What are they teaching the recruits these days?”

According to many of my colleagues, there is a “generation gap” between the new recruits and the seasoned vets. I have one thing to say to ease your mind. You are right! They don’t think like we do, they didn’t learn things the way we did. There is a difference between the new folks and the way we were when we graduated. The new folks are learning things that we never were exposed to. 

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Developing a ‘whole community’ approach to preparedness

In December, 2011, FEMA introduced A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action (FEMA, 2011.) The goal is to continue to encourage communities to plan and prepare for major disasters and to continue to promote resiliency. Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator, testified to Congress that “Government can and will continue to serve disaster survivors. However, we fully recognize that a government-centric approach to disaster management will not be enough to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident.”

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NCANG Flight Crews Conduct Annual Fire Fighting

Less than a year after a devastating crash that killed four of its members and injured two others while battling a fire over South Dakota, the Charlotte-based 145th Airlift Wing of the North Carolina Air National Guard lead the spring Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) training in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

“Our people are the commend element,” said Col. Charles Davis of Charlotte, commander of the 145th Air Expeditionary Group. “We’re proud to lead this elite group of men and women in this important homeland security mission.”

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Making sense of the nonsense

This article is going to be somewhat of a short journey. It is not objective based, it is merely meant to get your juices flowing. My ultimate hope is that it will inspire you to evaluate things and form your own opinions. I want to be up front, and go ahead and let you know that it is perfectly okay with me, for you to have a different opinion than mine. If you agree, it may generate meaningful conversation, or possibly some changes in your behavior. If you disagree, it may inspire you to research, and try to prove me wrong. The end result is that either way, we will have each taken a small step in the learning process, and are therefore one step closer to improving our beloved fire service.

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Mass shooting incidents

Mass shooting incidents are thankfully foreign territory to many of us. However, the fire service must be constantly prepared for these types of incidents. Sadly, shootings are not that uncommon in the jurisdiction for which this author works. The largest number of victims at a single incident in our jurisdiction occurred in 2009 and involved nine victims. Because these incidents are low in frequency, planning, training and learning from others’ mistakes are extremely important. This quarter we will examine this incident as well as the Tucson shooting involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 and the shooting at Northern Illinois University in 2008.

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Some people used to think the world was flat

Why is it that firefighters are the most difficult group to accept change? When the facts and scientific evidence can prove without much doubt a change is needed and in almost every case will work better than previous practices.

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ASK ERNIE - ”The Apparatus Maintenance Expert”

What is regeneration? (Part one in the regeneration series)

First, you need to know what requires regeneration. Let’s start with the knowledge that EPA mandated a change in 2007 that set newer diesel exhaust emissions to a level MUCH lower than was current in 2006. To do that, a wall-through ceramic “filter” was placed in the exhaust pipe in place of the muffler. The diesel motor also underwent many engineered changes to lower the production of diesel smoke/particulate emissions. An important part of the lowering of soot production was the mandate to use much lower sulfur content engine oils (CJ-4 or CJ-4+) and fuels (ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel).

Note: the diesel did not magically cease the production of soot/smoke. The produced soot/smoke/particulates is now captured in the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and is stored until the filter becomes impacted (filled) to a level that requires a burn off of the soot through a process of “Regeneration.” The regeneration process can be accomplished while driving down the highway under heavy load ( highway trucks ) or by the process of automatic or manually activated options dependent upon a myriad of conditions.

Regeneration is accomplished with the motor operating at an elevated RPM and having diesel fuel induced into the exhaust stream and burned resulting in the generation of extremely high temperatures, thus resulting in a burn-off of the stored soot in the filter. If a call comes in and you need to respond, simply tap the brake pedal or throttle and the motor will return to idle and you may respond as usual. Once back at the station, you should be able to restart the process and go to completion. What then remains in the DPF is a very fine ash residue. After many of these regeneration processes, the filter will become so filled with ash that the filter must be removed and cleaned through an expensive process. Once cleaned, the DPF is reinstalled and ready for another run. Once the process of regeneration is started, it may take up to an hour to complete.

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Elevated water storage tank rescues

In the rescue service, rescuers can expect to receive the call that a person on an above ground water tank requires rescue. Generally, you would expect this to be maintenance or service personnel who have had something go wrong and now require assistance.

However, it could be a child who, as we all did growing up, was just exploring and now finds himself in a predicament requiring assistance. It happens and we need to be prepared to handle it, just like all of the other rescues that will confront us.

About Water Tanks

Water tanks come in all shapes, sizes and types and configurations.

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Research is a partner in forward focused time

The complexities of modern society and the dynamic forces of progress necessitate that professionals in every discipline be forward-focused, which is believed to come from gaining higher education. This is becoming standard within the fire and emergency services professions and is commonly a factor regarding upward mobility. With that in mind, the U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Academy (NFA) developed the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition certificate. FESHE recognition acknowledges that colleges and universities are committed to the academic excellence of professional development education criteria set forth by the FESHE committees and the NFA (USFA, 2013). The underlying academic belief is that additional education will be a catalyst for academic research. This research will have a twofold impact on public safety: academic/professional achievement for employees and new knowledge that will assist fire and emergency management professionals in their daily duties.

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Fire fighting, French cuisine and fantastic training

MAYDAY! MAYDAY! I just realized that my iPhone is on the dresser at home! I need someone to come in and relieve me while I go home to get it! This is not a drill!

Some days I can’t help but feel that I’m a prisoner of technology. Heaven forbid I walk out my door and forget my smart phone. It’s a fate worse than death.

My umbilical cord to the real world consists of my phone, laptop, GPS, Netflix, and more. When exactly did we decide that looking someone in the eye and using our voice was inferior to Facebook and texting? I admit that I am guilty as well. I should be ashamed.

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RIT training prepares for team emergencies

It’s the scenario no firefighter ever wants to face, but it can happen at any fire — the Mayday call from a teammate in trouble. The Buncombe County Fire Chiefs’ Association, in conjunction with A-B Tech Community College’s Emergency Services Division, has created a course to address the issues related to those occupational hazards.

The Regional RIT (Rapid Intervention Training) School will be a five-day intensive course covering Mayday training, firefighter self survival training and rapid intervention team training at one of the most advanced firefighter training centers in the region.

“The focus is to train firefighters to rescue other firefighters. All of this is part of the bigger picture to improve safety and reduce fatalities,” said John Witherspoon, Chair of Fire Services Education at A-B Tech.

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Leadership suicide: failure to focus on the future

I hear this phrase from fire officers across the world, “You just can’t find good people today. They just aren’t like we were at their age.” So what does this mean? Some may say that the future isn’t too bright looking at the current generation. Others may say what is wrong with us? I say if you asked the officers who trained us, they would say they said the same thing about us, “You just can’t find good people today. They just aren’t like we were at their age.”

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Creating the IDEAL scene

As firefighters, we know that the first two minutes following the arrival of the first-in units will dictate the performance on the scene for the next two hours. Generally, any seasoned firefighters can tell by the radio traffic from the first arriving units on the scene if the call is about to be an operational success or a complete cluster. Unfortunately, complete clusters happen more often than we want them to! Therefore, it is imperative that we as leaders within our departments take the time to educate and train our personnel how start down a successful path to an IDEAL scene. This begins with their initial report and scene sizeup.

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Out With the Old, In With the New:

Change is hard, wouldn’t you agree? We all have our regular routines, and we don’t particularly enjoy it when someone or something interrupts them. Whether it’s watching Monday night football with friends or stopping for your large coffee at Starbucks on the way to work, we like the norm. We are creatures of habit.

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NAEMT and NEMSMA Announce Strategic Partnership

Clinton, Miss. — In unanimous decisions, the Boards of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and the National Emergency Medical Services Management Association (NEMSMA) voted to establish a strategic relationship between their two organizations to mutually support their respective missions and work as a collaboration to advance the EMS profession. Both organizations strongly believe that collaboration within the EMS profession is essential to addressing the key challenges facing EMS today and in the future.

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EMS Leadership prepares for 2013 show

The Fifth Annual South Carolina EMS Leadership Conference will be held Sept. 26-28, 2013 in Charleston, S.C.

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Lowcountry Fire and EMS Weekend

Colleton County Fire-Rescue is proud to announce the FIRST ever Lowcountry Fire and EMS weekend, Nov. 9-10, 2013. The event will be held at the Colleton County Fire and Rescue Station 19, 1118 Thunderbolt Drive in Walterboro, S.C.

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Heavy vehicle rescue

As I sit and write this next article, the first storm of 2013 is rolling through. If this is a sign of things to come, we are going to be in for a busy hurricane season. There were also two medics killed from Georgia this day, a sad ending to their tour of duty. As they were traveling on a two lane highway running emergency traffic, a large semi-truck jack knifed in front of them, crossed center line and they collided. Both the medics died and the patient in the ambulance. There has been an increase in large truck crashes over the past six months, not sure why, but hope it is not a trend.

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Hazmat response safety:

While pondering the thought of which hazmat topic to place next on our discussion agenda, the thought suddenly occurred that I had been remiss in the fact that we had not directly discussed the topic of hazmat response safety. Insofar as hazmat incidents pose unique safety challenges and necessitate specific approaches in the realm of safety to ensure our personnel return home at the conclusion of every shift, I felt as though I had not abided by the time tested axiom of “safety first” by not addressing the topic prior to the present time. As such, let us now take a look at safety issues pertaining to the hazmat response arena.

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The Goats

Let’s start this piece off on the right foot! For a change, I am not talking about animals. This is the story of the Goats of West Point. The “Goat” in a class at West Point is the person who graduates at the bottom of their class. This bottom of the class rank was based on what was known as the General Order of Merit. It included both academic rank and demerits received by the cadet.

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Leadership: The first steps

In emergency services we often talk about, or see conversations, about leadership. The topic has also become more and more popular in the private and public sectors. Why that is I cannot say. However, in today’s society and our service it is most definitely important.

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The evolution of EMS

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) worldwide are looking for one integrated communication solution to move their data real-time between the ambulance, the hospital and in some cases a medical dispatch center. Right now, many utilize manual processes to share information. They often have disparate and disconnected equipment in the ambulance. They need to update laborious forms manually. Hospitals may have limited information about patients coming in, and precious treatment time is lost during long transports.

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The rules of incident command

If you’ve been following along, you know that I have some very specific ideas about building the Incident Command System (ICS). There is a lot to learn and the process can sometimes seem overwhelming. Of course, we all know that no matter how well we do with the ICS, after the incident someone will come along and tell you (or the entire world) that they could have done a better job. We’ll address this later.

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Over 60 Fire/EMS leaders graduate

Company and Chief Officers, EMS Supervisors, and aspiring leaders from across the Southeast joined the alumni ranks of UNC Charlotte’s EMS Management Institute and Fire and Rescue Management Institute in February 2013. Both Institutes have become a longstanding tradition in the region for university-level leadership education for emergency services professionals. Both the EMS and Fire programs are cohort-based and offer four modules: Leadership & Team-Building; Supervision and Personnel Management; Operations Management; and Communication and Public Relations. Graduate photos and names are listed below.

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Strange bedfellows

In the 40 plus years that our firm has spent designing stations, we’ve learned that there are several operations-based design concepts that are fairly universal regarding how departments want their stations to function. How bunking occurs is not one of those universal concepts! It seems that every department has their own unique set of goals and policies — written and unwritten — that has led to a multitude of approaches for providing sleeping accommodations for the emergency worker.

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New strut for lifting and stabilizing

In April I had the opportunity to go up to FDIC for several days. This was my forth time there, twice as a presenter. It is the largest fire conference in the country. There are over 15,000 firefighters that come to the conference for classes, presentations and to look at the latest equipment and technology. When companies have new products they want to introduce, FDIC is the place they do it, and they do it big. There are companies that spend over $100,000 just for the floor space they rent, and this is for only three days of exhibition. However, if you have never been to FDIC, you should try and make the trip at least once in your career. Even if you only go for the exhibits and stay a couple of days, it will be worth it.

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Returning to the foundations: Fire hose

Since a lot of what we do deals with water as the main medium for fire attack, delivery of said water to the combustion process involves hose of different kinds for different applications involving moving water from the supply to the apparatus pump, then from the pump to fire attack crews staffing hose lines. Different construction features involving different materials allow water to be delivered anywhere on the fire ground. Connections with couplings make connecting hose sections to each other and pump outlets or standpipe outlets possible.

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How to read the architectural plans

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

Six months ago I promised we would be talking about how to read building plans, specifically, building plans for firehouses. We are finally there. I will be expanding on the drawing titles from last issue focusing on the architectural pages labeled “A.”

The Floor Plan

All things derive from the floor plan. No one else can add their comments without the pages showing the walls, doors and windows. You all know what floor plans are. You see them on the wall every time you are in a large building staring the red X marked, “You are here”. I assume you may have plans for target hazards in your response area. Those plans have been stripped of all particulars except the walls and doors. Our drawings will need pages of details.

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Applying for insurance: what to expect

When you are applying for insurance, education and preparation are key. If you know what to expect, you will be better prepared for the underwriting process.

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Navassa chief shares building experience

Chief Donny Williams and the Navassa Volunteer Fire Department located in Brunswick County, N.C., recently went through the process of building a new station. Chief Williams offered to share his experiences to help other departments considering building a new station or remodeling their existing facilities.

For Chief Williams, the process began in 2004 when the county commissioned a consultant to perform a comprehensive review of the emergency services throughout the county. The consultant identified several issues with the existing Navassa facility, including the lack of ADA compliance, lack of fire protection systems, and lack of sleeping quarters and other spaces essential to a modern fire station. In addition, over time several upgrades had been made to the building that, due to a limited budget, were done with volunteer labor and did not meet current building codes.

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Emergency incident rehab

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

The information in this article is provided so that a comprehensive rehabilitation program can be established and implemented BEFORE something bad happens. However, when training for response,” there is a fine line between building up the physical capabilities of firefighters and harming them by taking the exercise too far. In most of these cases, obvious warning signs were ignored, often multiple times. Instructors must be trained thoroughly in the hazard of heat illnesses and departments should have policies that prohibit or reasonably limit physical activities in potentially harmful conditions.”

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The 5 love languages

Those long shifts can make it hard to show our special someone just how much we love them, or even for them to show us just how much they love us. We must learn the right love language. Do you know that there are five different love languages? A couple of weeks ago our Sunday school group completed the study of the “5 Different Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. I had heard about the book, but had not completed a quiz to find my love language. Was not surprised with my results, however, was surprised with DH’s results.

The 5 Love Languages are:

Words of Affirmation

Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important — hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten.

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Happy, healthy, wealthy and wise

Who doesn’t want to be happy? After all, the pursuit of happiness is one of our inalienable constitutional rights. But the more diligently you pursue happiness, the more it can elude you — sort of like chasing a butterfly. Happiness is actually a by product of living a healthy balanced life. Relationships are our roots to that life and provide a platform for our pursuits. My husband was quite surprised and somewhat relieved when I assured him years ago that he is not responsible for my happiness. “Really?” he asked in awe. “I thought it was my job to make you happy!” Have you ever fallen into the same trap of believing the burden of someone else’s happiness lies on your shoulders?

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Critical Incident Stress Management

After more than two decades, firefighter Lieutenant Charlie Robertson still thinks about the holiday fire where eight children died in a three-family structure. He also recalls the accident in which two firemen were killed when their vehicle was hit and cut in half by an Amtrak passenger train while they were responding to a vehicle fire that had already been extinguished.

Former Paramedic Jeff Mitchell vividly remembers the China-doll-like face of a young woman who was hit and killed by a dump truck in Howard County, Maryland. “Her eyes were fixed open, and, for a long time, that was hard for me to shake away,” says Mitchell.

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Fire Station Profile - Tega Cay Fire Department

Tega Cay Fire Department

Type Department: Combination

Number of Stations: 1

Do you provide EMS? No

Specialty Operations: Rescue and Extrication , HazMat Containment , Water and Dive Rescue

Annual Budget: $650,000.00

Area Covered Square miles: 8

Population: 8,000

Total Runs: 350 Fire: EMS:

Chief: Scott Szymanski

Chief Officers: Assistant Chief Ralph Ellingsen

Other Officers: Captain, Chris Dugert Lieutenant, Jim Gallagher Lieutenant, Justin Daily

Number of Members: 35 this includes nine full time paid and three part time paid

Address: 7200 Tega Cay Drive Fort Mill SC 29708

Web page: www.tcvfd.com

Phone: 803-548-4321

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Fire Station Profile - New Bern Fire-Rescue

New Bern Fire-Rescue

Type Department: Combination – The oldest chartered fire department in the state of North Carolina

Number of Stations: 3

Do you provide EMS? Yes, BLS

Specialty Operations: EMS, and Technical Rescue Team. Our USAR Team is part of the N.C. Task Force 10 Team


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Tim Bradley receives Martin E. Grimes Award

Tim Bradley from the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission has been awarded the Martin E. Grimes Award by IFSAC at their spring meeting in Oklahoma City. This award is considered one of the most prestigious awards bestowed by the fire service.

The Martin E. Grimes Award was established in 1996 by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress for the purpose of recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the fire service by elevating the level of professionalism through leadership in the development and improvement of professional qualifications standards, certification and accreditation.


Criteria

This award is for an individual whose accomplishments in the field of fire service professional qualifications, certification, and accreditation are meant to serve as the standard by which nominees for this prestigious award shall be measured.

Martin Grimes was born January 3, 1926 in Bristol, England where he served in the British fire services from 1941-1960. His experience there was progressive in three departments, Bristol, Derbyshire and Surrey. His promotion through all rank levels up to Divisional Officer was gained under the nationally competitive system used in the United Kingdom at that time.

In 1960 while serving as Senior Fire Protection Officer for Surrey, a metropolitan county, he was invited to reorganize the entire fire protection service of Bermuda. For this he would later affectionately become known as the “Commissioner.” As the colony’s Fire Commissioner, he carried out this operation which involved the fire services, fire and building code development and adoption. Using a blend of European and American equipment, techniques, codes and standards, he successfully completed this in 1969. He was awarded the Queens Medal for Distinguished Service in 1970 in recognition of his service to the British and Commonwealth fire services.

Martin Grimes was a graduate of the United Kingdom’s National Fire Service Staff College having completed courses in fire engineering, fire law, fire science and risk surveying. He was awarded the Fire Service Research Trust Prize in 1953. A member of the Institution of Fire Engineers by both examination and election, he additionally attained every level of the national qualifications system established by the British government for the fire services. He attended courses in public administration and numerous special fire related courses at various institutions.

As a recognized expert opinion witness on fire, Martin Grimes was involved in cases at all jurisdictional levels both civil and criminal. He lectured on most aspects of fire protection at colleges and served on legislative and standard committees. He acted as a consultant to several foreign governments. His fire service career included service in a police/fire department, a national fire service, a large industrial city, a metropolitan county, and a colonial fire service.

Martin Grimes joined the staff of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in late 1969. It is during his time with NFPA that he had the greatest impact on the development of national professional qualifications, certification, and accreditation systems for the North American fire service. The ancestry of the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) can be traced back to this early work, much of which remains today as the foundation on which IFSAC has been built, and around which its activities continue to revolve.

Upon joining the NFPA, Martin Grimes quickly endeared himself to the North American fire service, gaining respect as an accomplished writer and speaker. Unsuspecting visitors to his office would often find themselves captive for hours as he regaled them with stories of his fire fighting experiences during World War II or talked about contemporary fire service issues. When asked what they remember most about Martin Grimes, those closest to him often respond by saying he was the “consummate fire officer-an individual whose great achievements did not preclude him from talking to the firefighter on the street.”

Of his many achievements, the one for which Martin Grimes will be most remembered is the role he played in the early development of a fire service professional qualifications system for North America. Drawing upon his experience with the British fire service, he served as a leader on the first committees dedicated to the development of national professional qualifications and the concept of certification and accreditation in North America. His leadership and vision was not only instrumental in the establishment of such a system but also vital to its survival in an environment of the time less accepting of this system.

Like Martin Grimes, recipients of this award are individuals who have the following attributes:

• The majority of their working life has been spent associated with the fire service.

• They have had long and distinguished careers that feature progressively responsible experience and a wide variety of recognized achievements in the field of fire service training and education which specifically includes involvement with professional qualifications, certification, and accreditation on a national level.

 • Their efforts have had a significant, enduring, and broad impact upon the fire service.

The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress seeks nominations from the public by distributing a call for nominations. This is done by mail, electronic means and other methods. The call for nominations takes place between April 1 and July 1 every year. Information distributed by mail and by electronic means includes the information contained in this document explaining the purpose of the award, criteria, and eligibility and nomination procedures. The Martin Grimes Award information is also available on the IFSAC website at www.ifsac.org. Sitting members of IFSAC boards and active employees of Oklahoma State University are not eligible to receive this award. 

During the spring meeting, Mr. Bradley announced he was retiring effective July 1st. He will be take the job of Executive Director of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association. He will be replacing Mr. Paul Miller who is retiring after many years of service with the Firemen’s Association.


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SAFRE BBQ Throwdown

The NCSFA is excited about a new event for the South Atlantic FIRE RESCUE Expo for 2013: The BBQ Throwdown!

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60 miles of fun and sun at Myrtle Beach

With that first step onto the warm sand, that first view of the sparkling Atlantic and that first ocean breeze, visitors feel at home in the beautiful Myrtle Beach area. Exuding Southern hospitality, this area greets vacationers who’ve been making their annual visits for generations.

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Bereavement uniform program

Every once in awhile, a program comes down the pike that is a “win-win” and makes a lot of sense. I have been able to look at Lighthouse Uniform Company’s Bereavement Uniform Program and believe this is one of those programs.

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Industry News

Carolina Cat Emergency Vehicle Services to cover 4 Guys Fire Truck Sales in the Carolinas
Meyersdale, PA
— 4 Guys Fire Trucks announced the addition of Carolina Cat Emergency Vehicle Services, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Since 1926, Carolina Cat has been committed to being their customers’ trusted partner and providing exceptional sales, parts, and service. They will cover fire truck sales in eastern, central, and selected areas of western North Carolina, as well as South Carolina.

Carolina Cat has five locations to provide sales and service for 4 Guys Fire Trucks in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Monroe and Statesville.

Carolina Cat has a full team of EVT and ASE® Certified Technicians, as well as 24/7 mobile service.

For more info, www.carolinacat.com/evs.

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2013-2014 Cohort for UNC Charlotte EMS Management Institute

The 2013-2014 cohort for UNC Charlotte's EMS Management Institute will begin October 23, 2013 and early registration discounts end on October 9, 2013. Read More »

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Albemarle County - East Rivanna

Albemarle County - East Rivanna

2013 Pierce Velocity PUC Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Detroit DD13 500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, Pierce TAK-4 independent front suspension, Husky foam.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Concord Fire Department

Concord Fire Department

2013 Pierce Saber Pumper w/Cummins ISL 9 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, Gortite roll-up doors, Harrison 6 KW generator.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Cotton Volunteer Fire Department

Cotton Volunteer Fire Department

2013 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Detroit DD13 500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, Pierce TAK-4 independent suspension, Gortite roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department

Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department

2013 Pierce Saber Pumper w/Cummins ISL 450 engine, 1250 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, lap doors, Harrison 6 KW generator, Pierce custom paint.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Fayetteville Fire Department

Fayetteville Fire Department

2013 Pierce Arrow XT 105’ Aerial w/Pierce chassis, Detroit DD14 500 HP tank, 500 gal. UPF poly tank, Pierce TAK-4 independent front suspension, Amdor roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Fayetteville Fire Department

Fayetteville Fire Department

2013 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, Pierce TAK-4 independent front suspension, Harrison 6 KW generator.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Fayetteville Fire Department

Fayetteville Fire Department

2013 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, Pierce TAK-4 independent front suspension.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Gibsonville Fire Department

Gibsonville Fire Department

2013 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Detroit DD13 500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, Gortite roll-up doors, Harrison 10 KW generator.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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City of Hampton Fire Department

City of Hampton Fire Department

2013 Pierce Arrow XT PUC 100’ Platform w/ Pierce chassis, Detroit DD13 500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Pierce pump, 300 gal. UPF poly tank, Pierce TAK-4 independent front suspension.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Hendersonville Fire Department

Hendersonville Fire Department

2013 Pierce arrow XT PUC Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 450 HP tank, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, Pierce TAK-4 independent front suspension, Gortite roll-up doors, Husky foam system.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Mooresville Fire Department

Mooresville Fire Department

2013 Pierce Dash CF PUC Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Pierce pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, Gortite roll-up doors, Harrison 6 KW generator.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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New Hanover County Fire Services

New Hanover County Fire Services

2013 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Detroit DD13 500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Pierce pump, 1000 gal. tank, Harrison 10 KW generator, Gortite roll-up doors, Husky foam system.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department

Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department

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, back board rack.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Moravian Falls Volunteer Fire Department

Moravian Falls Volunteer Fire Department

2012 Spartan ERV T-370, 3000 Gallon Tanker w/Kenworth chassis, Cummins 380 HP engine, 750 GPM Hale pump, 3000 gal. poly tank, 10” 180 degree swivel dump w/extendable dump chute.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Shelby Fire Department

Shelby Fire Department

2013 Anchor-Richey EVS F-450 Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford chassis, 6.7 diesel engine, 245 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, 12,000 lb. Warn winch and stainless steel brush guard.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Southport Fire Department

Southport Fire Department

2013 Anchor-Richey EVS F-450 Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford chassis, 6.8 gasoline engine, 245 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, front mounted Elkhart sidewinder monitor.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Ahoskie Rural Volunteer Fire Department

Ahoskie Rural Volunteer Fire Department

Rosenbauer Maverick Pumper-Tanker w/International chassis, MaxxForce 9, 330 HP engine, 1250 GPM Darley pump, 1500 gal. UPF tank, Rosenbauer -GreenStar- IRT system.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Dysartsville Volunteer Fire Department

Dysartsville Volunteer Fire Department

2013 Rosenbauer Maverick Side Mount Pumper/Tanker w/Kenworth chassis, Paccar PX-8, 330 HP engine, 1250 GPM Rosenbauer pump, 1800 gal. UPF tank, Fee-Con foam system.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Eastside Volunteer Fire Department

Eastside Volunteer Fire Department

2013 Rosenbauer Gladiator Side Mount Pumper/Tanker, Navistar MF-13 475 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 2000 gal. UPF tank, aluminum hose bed cover.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Sanford Fire Department

Sanford Fire Department

2013 Rosenbauer Commercial 7400 Heavy, Walk-in Rescue w/International chassis, MaxxForce 330 HP engine, 19’ walk-in rescue body, breathing air fill station and cascade system.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Irmo Fire District #1

Irmo Fire District #1

HD-100 Mid Mount Platform, Ferrara Ultra custom fire chassis, heavy duty extruded aluminum fire body, 100’ mid-mount platform, 1000 lb. tip load dry, 500 lb. tip load flowing 1500.

Provided By Ferrara

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Irmo Fire District #1

Irmo Fire District #1

Custom Rescue Pumper, Ferrara Ultra custom fire chassis, 3/16” thick aluminum construction, heavy duty extruded aluminum fire body, Ferrara ladders-thru-the-tank storage module.

Provided By Ferrara

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Archer Lodge Fire Department

Archer Lodge Fire Department

MVP Heavy Rescue Pumper, Ferrara Inferno custom fire chassis, EMS cabinet inboard on rear wall, heavy duty extruded aluminum fire body, Hale Qmax 1500 GPM pump.

Provided By Ferrara

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East Nash Fire Department

East Nash Fire Department

2013 E-One Stainless Steel 19’ Heavy Rescue w/E-One chassis, 450 HP engine, 40 KW generator, Command light tower with 200,000 lumens, 3 hydraulic reels, 6 bottle cascade system.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Havelock Fire Rescue

Havelock Fire Rescue

2013 E-One Typhoon Pumper w/Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM pump, 1000 gal. tank, 10 KW generator, Command light tower, twin battery charging solar panels, FireCom system.

Provided By Fire Connections

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City of Roanoke Rapids Fire Department

City of Roanoke Rapids Fire Department

2013 E-One HP 78 Aerial w/E-One chassis, Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 500 gal. tank, severe duty dash, 200 foot crosslay front bumper.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Williamston Fire-Rescue EMS

Williamston Fire-Rescue EMS

2013 E-One Commercial Tanker w/International 7600 chassis, MaxxForce 10 engine, 1250 GPM 1250 Qflo pump, 3500 gal. tank, triple dump, camera system.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Lugoff Fire Department

Lugoff Fire Department

2013 KME Predator Rescue Pumper w/KME chassis, Cummins engine, 2000 GPM Hale pump, 1000 gal. PDF tank, pump panel on both sides, telescoping light tower.

Provided By Safe Industries.

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GLENWOOD VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

GLENWOOD VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

2014 Spartan Metro with Spartan Chassis, Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CXSC20ES Pump with 1,000 Gallon poly tank, Hydraulic ladder rack, Newton Dump on rear.
Provided by Carolina Cat

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