CFJ Vol. 28.2, (Fall 2013)

Duck Tales

After four seasons on television, the A&E channel show Duck Dynasty, has quite an interesting story. First, the show has risen to the top of all cable based shows. During the 2012 premier the show garnered 8.9 million views. In 2013, they captured 11.8 million viewers or a 32 percent growth of new viewers in a year. They also captured the prize for the most views of a nonfiction cable show ever! This is pretty amazing for a bunch of crazy rednecks from Louisiana, right?

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FROM THE EDITOR

For me, there has never before been an issue that had me laughing out loud one minute and shedding tears the next. For example, you’ll want to read David Greene’s article on page 13. The scene of a possible hazmat situation is definitely not the time to play a guessing game, but David’s crew is doing just that and the ending had me laughing. Dedra Cline heads up our Homefront section on page 56, and she gets to the heart of family in her article, “What is Your Greatest Memory?” Just a warning, even the most macho of you might shed a tear as you read what these wives have to say about their experiences and how they came to know the true meaning of Brotherhood.

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Keep your people safe and spend less

You can very likely do a better job of protecting your people from dangerous gases — and you can probably get it done while spending less than you are now. It’s an important mission to accomplish.

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Hazmat Sustainability:

Sustainability is broadly defined as the utilization of a resource in a manner in which the resource will not be damaged or depleted. The very concept described by the word also applies to hazardous materials response teams, as hazmat teams are indeed resources that can be depleted and — in the worst-case scenario — even become “extinct” and cease to exist. It is imperative for managers of hazmat teams to provide the motivation, tools, training, and that non-tangible “spark” that keeps their team going and ideally thriving. Our discussion will center on just that — how we can ensure the sustainability of our hazmat team and what roadblocks we may encounter while doing so.

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So you want to be a hazmat research/science officer?

At hazardous materials incidents the product drives everything. Staging distances, suit selection, mitigation methods, the type of decontamination used, and public protective actions are all examples of things that are driven by the hazardous material. Specifically, it is the physical and chemical properties of the material that drives operations. This author has repeatedly written about how difficult it is to identify the material at transportation incidents on the highway. In fact, one such incident involved a tractor-trailer that had driven into the median of Interstate 95 at a spot where there were no trees. The tractor was pulling a box type trailer with no placards, was upright, and sustained no damage but was stuck in the mud. Upon questioning the driver about the contents of the trailer, he replied that he was carrying gasoline. Carrying gasoline in a box trailer was an interesting configuration. The driver was further questioned regarding whether non-bulk packaging was present inside the box trailer. The driver replied that he was mistaken and he was not carrying gasoline. After producing no less than 10 sets of shipping papers, the driver held one of the sets up and stated that he was transporting bananas.

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HazMat Challenge 2013

The 2013 HazMat Challenge, sponsored by the N.C. Association of Hazardous Materials Responders was another huge success. We had 10 teams from nine departments across North Carolina who competed for various prizes, and of course bragging rights. We are pleased to announce that this year’s winner is the High Point Fire Department HazMat Team. High Point’s team members were Glenn Clapp, Chase Comer, Dustin Davis and Brian Bullock. Congratulations to these responders for a job well done.

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Blurring the lines for a realistic fire service

What are ways in which you as a leader in your department can maximize your most limited resource, your membership? Today’s fire service is at a critical point. Limited budgets, shrinking volunteer numbers, increased demands for service, increased training requirements, and limited availability of members has taken quite a toll on our chosen field of service. This has led us as leaders to try to consider all avenues to keep providing the quality services that our public depends on.

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ASK ERNIE "The Apparatus Maintenance Expert"

What is the difference between a Waterous pump and a Hale pump?

Differences between the three major pump manufacturers, Hale, Waterous and Darley, are the proprietary means by which they move water or any other liquid or fluid commodity.  All three, as utilized in the fire service, are known as centrifugal pumps. All offer single, two, three or more stage pumps.  Pump capacities range from 20 to 2500 GPM for mobile fire use.  Larger volume pumps are available but rarely utilized or ordered for mobile fire use.  The differences you question are technically few.  The type, style, and brand of pump are usually dictated by the written specification as most desired by the ordering agency.  All agencies can order any brand of pump from any builder since the drop of proprietary pumps in proprietary apparatus.  Some proprietary pump manufacturing and installation is still around but is not common.

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Heavy vehicle rescue

Summer has pretty much come to an end and the vacations are winding down. The weather will soon be less humid and cooler, making it more enjoyable to be outside. Good time to knock out some of that “Honey Do” list. It will also be cooler for training, and the best time to get all the training in you can before the holidays hit. School is back in, so the buses are on the road and the children are out and about. Always remind the public to use caution when driving around school buses, and be sure and stop for the buses as required.

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Maintain your professionalism

Whether or not you like it, you are being watched. You are constantly being evaluated and graded. You are being evaluated by your peers, graded by supervisors, emulated by children and scrutinized by the public. The profession of firefighting is unlike any other choice of service today. It is loved, honored, cherished, and held to higher standards, meticulously observed, and quickly criticized.

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Change can happen with a vision and leadership

Nineteenth century French poet Auguste Barthelemy once said, “The absurd man is he who never changes.” Almost 200 years later, UCLA basketball coach John Wooden said, “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” However, the fire service also has a slogan, “Two hundred years of tradition unimpeded by progress.” If we are not at least willing to an open dialogue on needed change, someone else will make those decisions for us, such as our city and county managers or elected officials. We have an opportunity to guide the change needed in our communities.

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EMS Today returns to Washington, D.C.

The EMS Today Conference and Exposition, now on its 33rd year, brings together EMS professionals through high-quality continuing education, networking events, and an exhibit hall boasting the latest life-saving technology. This year’s conference will return to Washington, D.C., Feb. 5-8, 2014.

Attendees will fully grasp, within moments of walking through the doors of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, why EMS Today is delivering the entire experience for EMS personnel worldwide.

Educational Offerings

The Advanced Airway: Cadaver Lab is one of 20 workshops being offered at EMS Today. This comprehensive four-hour hands-on workshop will challenge attendees’ knowledge of basic anatomy and will review advanced airway management skills. This is a great opportunity for EMS professionals to practice these skills via a hands-on cadaver lab.

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When Incident Command isn’t really Incident Command

We all know the process. The first unit on scene provides a size up report and establishes command. You get the responding units into level one staging — so you have a moment to think — determine your operational mode (investigative, fast attack, or command) and deploy your forces.

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Can you wear the safety officer’s helmet?

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”

— Publilius Syrus, first century B.C.

You’re the department safety officer. How accurate is your current job description? It most likely contains a generic phrase that reads, “responds to fires and other emergencies ... surveys the incident scene for unsafe conditions and acts accordingly.” In reality, does it even begin to cover what you do? Don’t you wish your life was that simple? I would venture to say it does not even come close to what occurs in a “normal day.”

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Where is your place?

Are you a stand-alone person as you go through your days? You might ask yourself, “How do I find my own niche on planet earth?” First of all, be secure in what you do. Whatever you do, do it well and be known as the “go to” person when your expertise is needed. Being secure in what you do, you will be open to change. If you’re not changing, you’re not growing. John Maxwell says, “If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.”

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Leadership: More steps in the right direction

Last edition we discussed what makes a good leader. As was mentioned, there are no specific templates for what makes a good leader. However, most have some form or fashion of certain aspects. The first two we discussed were self awareness and expectations of the members. This issue we are going to mention a few more.

Fairness

Great leaders can apply their direction in fairness. Favoritism in the fire service can quickly kill morale and make achieving goals extremely difficult. However, this is seen in fire departments everywhere.

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Rules are not made to be broken

Exception. I hate that word. Exceptional is a good word since the emergency services are full of exceptional people but the word exception — not so much. Our fire and EMS organizations have been built around rues as a necessity because life and death situations are involved. We’ve developed these rules as a result of trial and error and learned, sometimes the hard way, what is necessary and what is not. As a result, I cringe when I hear that someone made an “exception to the rule.”

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Data in and data out…

Does your Fire/EMS agency have a good paper trail? Do you keep good records and can you find them when you are asked for them? Do you really look at the data or do you print it and put it in the file? Do you know what they mean and what they can do for you?

If you are one that does keep good data and you truly know what good data can do, you are a rare breed indeed. I am finding that most of us do have good information but most are not willing to take the time to do more than what is required.

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Is your station prepared for a major storm

Hurricane Sandy is a reminder to review your protocols for hurricane and major storm response.

Although the winds from a tropical storm seem to be less intense on paper, its ability to inflict damage is still present. Flying debris, falling tree limbs and power lines, rising tides and higher water levels in rivers and streams can constitute the majority of the hazards faced by all responders. Emergency responders should always be aware of their own safety during these responses as they will test a variety of response skills and safety protocols.

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Cribbing and gloves

Fall is here and the weather is getting cooler. For some reason folks seem to be more motivated this time of year. This is a good time to go through, inspect and check equipment. Maybe get rid of some of the stuff that you are no longer using. But don’t trash it; consider donating it to the firefighters in Guatemala. We just got back from our third mission trip performing fire and rescue training. We took rope donated by Sterling Rope, gloves donated by Tech Trade, and T-shirts donated by Image Builders Embroidery and Screen Printing. They were thrilled to get the stuff. We are also working on another load of equipment to ship down in a month or so. We already have some air packs, turnout gear and uniforms. It is a great cause and they are extremely appreciative to get any gear we send them.

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You’ve got a great idea ... now what?

I have an idea ... Now what do I do?

Who has not had an idea in their life on how to do something better, faster or simpler? It may have been a small spark of an idea or a bright bolt of lightning that could change the world. We all get them, the question is, what do you do with it now that you have it? Was it really such a brilliant idea that you would now need to spend your life working on it, or such a small idea that it is one not worth doing anything with, now that you have thought it over.

And what qualifies your flash of brilliance as an invention anyway? Or even an invention worth investing in, let alone one that can be protected by a patent. By the way ... what can or cannot be patented? I will try and answer some of the many questions that may be flying through your head now that you have this new idea.

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The all-volunteer rescue squad

Things have changed for the long-time all-volunteer rescue squads, at least in North Carolina, over the last 15 years. As I approach 40 years as a volunteer in the rescue service this coming December, I have personally experienced these changes, both good and bad. As an Area Director for the N.C. Association of Rescue and EMS and a state and IFSAC certified rescue instructor for the last 30 of those 40 years, I have had the privilege of seeing change first hand, and instructing rescuers all across the state to embrace that change and learn.

Change in about every aspect of life, including rescue service, is inevitable. Change as it relates to new skills and rescue technologies is, of course, proper and needed if we are to provide the best service possible to those who place their trust in us when they are in peril. After all, we are rescuers, the ones local governments depend on in service to our communities.

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What is a green building?

The initial green building movement was brought about by studying the effects of the construction industry and buildings on personnel, productivity, natural resources and the environment. There are many definitions of green building throughout the professional architectural, engineering and construction community. Even though there are many definitions, the underlying principles are the same: a healthy indoor environment; constructing the most efficient building in terms of water, resource and energy usage; and reducing the environmental impact of site disturbance and materials sourcing.

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How to read construction plans

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

In the January 2013 installment, I made a comment about how cumbersome it was flipping back and forth between the large pages of a full size plan set. Well, that is what we will be doing now. I will be going back and describing in more detail two of the page titles buried within the major categories. We’ll start with the Site pages.

Hopefully you remember the Civil/Site pages have to do with the dirt itself and everything going in it. The first four of our Bond projects had missing components or something where it did not belong. One contractor forgot the fire sprinkler riser — in a firehouse! It was put in at great additional expense to the contractor. Another located a first floor sewer clean-out in the wrong location. 

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Lilesville Fire Department

Station Specs

Type Department: Municipal

Number of Stations: 1

Do you provide EMS? Yes

What type: ALS, BLS, FR

Specialty Operations: Medium Rescue

Annual Budget: $200,000

Area Covered Square miles: 110

Population: 6000

Total Runs:650 Fire: 200 EMS: 450

Chief: Randy Henry

Chief Officers: Marty K. Morton Jr., Assistant Chief

Other Officers:2 captains, 2 Lieutenants

Number of Members: 30

Address: 202 West Wall Lilesville N.C. 28091

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 704-848-4194

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Colleton County Fire-Rescue

Station Specs

Type Department:Combination — All Hazards

Number of Stations: 32

Do you provide EMS? Yes

What type: Als, Bls, FR – ALS (Paramedic) Transport

Specialty Operations: All — Suppression, Rescue (Vehicle, Confined Space, High and Low angle, Trench), Tech Level HazMat, ARFF, Water Rescue & Recovery (Divers), Fire Investigations

Annual Budget: 6.9 million

Area Covered Square miles: 1132 square miles

Population: 41,000

Total Runs: 7053

Fire: 470 EMS: 5565

Other: 1018

Chief: Barry McRoy

Chief Officers:

David Greene
Deputy Chief Marty Stallings
Asst Chief Daniel Barb
“C” Shift Battalion Chief Joseph Campbell
Chief Medical Officer/Battalion Chief Brent Dalton
“A” Shift Battalion Chief Scott Feather
Battalion Chief Training Benjamin Heape, “B” Shift Battalion Chief


Other Officers:

Fire Marshal, Captain Richard Sheffield
Fire Marshal, Lieutenant Michael Banks
Captain Richard Breland
Captain John Graham
Captain Louis Guess
Captain Dewayne Jacques
Captain Les McGraw
Captain Doug Mixson
Captain Sam Pinckney
Captain Mike Rohaus
Captain Ethan Shider
Captain Joshua Thomas
Captain Shane Rushton
Captain Scott Ulmer
Captain Matthew Williams
Captain Richie Wood

Number of Members: 256

Address: Colleton County Fire-Rescue, 113 Mable T. Willis Blvd, Walterboro, SC 29488

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 843-539-1960

Community Outreach: 843-539-1960

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Twerk of a pump

Denis Papin invented the first centrifugal pump in the 1600s. A centrifugal pump then is the same as a centrifugal pump now in principal. We are going to break down the operation of a centrifugal pump in this issue to allow you to better understand the workings of a fire pump.

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Driving simulators for the fire service? Really?

As a new hire, most firefighters would think it would be a while before they would get to drive a fire truck. That is no longer the case for some departments. When the call comes in and you are the only one available to drive, tag you’re it. When firefighters are called upon, they must get the job done. Sometimes, that job comes at a cost. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), “the single cause of injury seeing more than a four-fold increase in firefighter deaths during 2012 was vehicle collisions with 18 deaths.”

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The hype over prototype:

Webster’s Dictionary defines prototype as, “an original model after which other similar things are patterned.” For over four decades our firm has worked for many clients that have benefited from utilizing the “prototype station design.” As you would expect, most of the departments who have successfully taken the prototype approach have been career departments who regularly build new stations. However, even some smaller single-station departments have realized the advantages to utilizing a prototype design, as we will discuss later.

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Wilmington Firefighter’s Memorial

Only one week before the Wilmington Firefighters’ Memorial was set to be unveiled, it was just a mound of dirt. Thanks to the help of volunteers from the community, local businesses and emergency responder personnel from our area, the monument was officially dedicated on schedule on Sept. 11 at Empie Park Fire Station. The station is located at 3403 Park Avenue, Wilmington, N.C.

The memorial honors the seven Wilmington firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty since the department began in the mid 1800s, as well as the 343 NYC firefighters who perished during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The memorial is surrounded by seven statues representing Wilmington’s fallen firefighters. A bronze statue of a firefighter in the center holds a piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center following the attack on 9-11.

You are invited to stop by the station and visit the memorial.

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Driver escapes burning tractor trailer

Sept. 13,2013 Nash County N.C. — Firefighters from Red Oak and Battleboro fire departments were dispatched to a reported truck fire on I-95 South bound at 144 mile marker. While en route companies were updated that it was a working fire with report of some type of explosion. Red Oak unit reported that they could see a large column of black smoke one mile away. First units on scene reported they had heavy fire showing from a tractor trailer. Firefighters used four one and three-quarter lines to fight the blaze. Water was supplied from tankers from both companies and had the fire under control in 45 minutes. The driver said that he pulled to the side of the road and attempted to extinguish the fire but was unsuccessful and called 911. He told firefighters that he was transporting a shipment of goods from New Jersey to Florida when he smelled smoke and saw flames from his vehicle. The cab of the truck was destroyed and part of the trailer and contents were burned. N.C. Highway Patrol had both southbound lanes shut down for about an hour and one lane was closed for about two hours while crews were at the scene 20 firefighters and Nash County EMS unit were at the scene. No one was injured.

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What is your greatest memory?

This past summer we spent several weeks at fire conferences, which is pretty much the norm for us. The usual topic of conversation with any group of firefighters is that most “memorable” fire. And as always, the spouses sit with attentive ears, listening as if they are hearing the story for the first time. Not only did I see the attentiveness but I saw the expressions on their faces. Those expressions told a story of how proud they were of their firefighter and they would do anything for their firefighter.

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Celebrate and remember!

I enjoyed exploring the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo at the Raleigh Convention Center in August.

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Understanding the difference in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs

Think of investing as if you were building a house, with each investment vehicle as a type of tool. The four most common types of investment vehicles include: individual stocks and bonds, mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs).  Just as it is important to know how each tool works and what job each tool is best suited for in building a house, it is important to know how each kind of investment works best in building your portfolio.

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The Renaissance Festival celebrates 20 years

The Renaissance Festival is a 16th century European style art and entertainment festival combining outdoor theater, circus entertainment, arts and crafts marketplace, a jousting tournament, a feast fit for royalty, and much more. The 20th annual season opened Oct. 5, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 24.,2013. Hours 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Rain or shine, no pets and free parking.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival was introduced in 1994 with six acres of exhibits, attractions and entertainment. The event has grown into a 20 acre theme park filled with charming cottages and castles, kitchens and pubs, and a most unusual collection of people-powered rides and games of skill — all nestled in 325 acres of pristine woodlands just north of Charlotte, N.C.

The Carolina event has grown to be one of the largest of the Renaissance fairs nationwide. Tree lined lanes are filled with over 100 purveyors of crafts and food, and non-stop music and comedy shows are presented on 11 stages every event day.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

2013 Career and Volunteer Fire Chiefs of the Year Awarded

Chiefs from Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Dept. in Fayetteville, N.C. and Loveland Fire Rescue Authority in Loveland, Colo. receive national awards at Fire-Rescue International

Fire Chief Magazine, part of Penton Media, Inc.’s Public Infrastructure Group, and Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, recently announced the 2013 winners of the annual “Fire Chief of the Year” awards. Volunteer Fire Chief Freddy L. Johnson, Sr. of the Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Dept. in Fayetteville, N.C. and career Fire Chief Randy Mirowski of the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority in Loveland, Colo. received the awards.

Winners (selected by Fire Chief Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board) are honored for their dedication and leadership in fire and emergency services. Sponsored by Pierce, the 18th annual awards were presented during the opening session at the 2013 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International Exhibits and Conference in Chicago, Ill.

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Three Day Fire College

Before North Carolina firefighter’s battle flames out in the field they learn in a controlled environment. November 15- 17, 2013, Coastal Carolina Community College and the Onslow Firefighters Association will be hosting a Fire College located on the Coastal Campus in Jacksonville, N.C.

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“Know Your Smoke” Symposium

RAE Systems and Fire Smoke Coalition to Deliver South Carolina-Based 
Free Training to Firefighters, EMS Personnel on the Dangers of Fire Smoke

“Know Your Smoke” Symposium to deliver pre-Holiday Season life-saving awareness 
on effects of smoke exposure, potential protection via the use of atmospheric monitoring equipment

San Jose, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2013 – According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), from 2006 to 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 230 home structure fires that began with Christmas trees. Home Christmas tree fires caused an average of four civilian deaths, 21 civilian injuries, and $17.3 million in direct property damage per year.[1]

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ALAMANCE COMMUNITY FIRE DEPARTMENT

ALAMANCE COMMUNITY FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Arrow XT Top-Mount Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Detroit DD13, 500 HP engine, 1250 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, Husky 12 foam system, WillBurt light tower.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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DUBLIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

DUBLIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Velocity Rescue Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Detroit DD13, 550 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, Onan 20 kw hydraulic generator.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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FARMINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

FARMINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Arrow XT Rescue Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, Harrison 8 kw generator, LED scene/warning lights.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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FLAT BRANCH FIRE DEPARTMENT

FLAT BRANCH FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Saber 6912 Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, Harrison 6 kw generator, Gortite roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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MARTINSVILLE FIRE & EMS

MARTINSVILLE FIRE & EMS

2013 Pierce Saber PUC Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Pierce PUC pump, 500 gal. UPF poly tank, Husky 3 foam system, lap and roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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MIDWAY FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT

MIDWAY FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Quantum Rear-Mount Platform w/Pierce chassis, Detroit DD13, 500 HP engine, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 500 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 independent front suspension.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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SHERILLS FORD - TERRELL FIRE & RESCUE

SHERILLS FORD - TERRELL FIRE & RESCUE

2013 Pierce Wetside Tanker w/Kenworth chassis, Cummins 350 HP engine, 500 GPM Darley pump, 2100 gal. UPF poly tank, 10” swivel/telescoping dump, LED warning lights.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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VIRGINIA BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT

VIRGINIA BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Quantum Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Detroit DD13, 500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 500 gal. UPF poly tank, side and front roll impact protection.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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WILMINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

WILMINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Pierce Velocity Heavy Duty Rescue (non-walkin) w/Pierce chassis, Detroit DD13, 500 HP engine, Onan 40 kw hydraulic generator, Scott 10 HP breathing air compressor (6000 psi).

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST FIRE DEPARTMENT

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 KME Predator/MFD cab/100” Flex bod Custom Pumper w/KME chassis, Cummins ISX 500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. PDF tank, full CAFS, top mount.

Provided By Safe Industries

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ROCKWELL FIRE DEPARTMENT

ROCKWELL FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 KME 79’ Aerial Device Predator w/KME chassis, Maxxforce 13, 450 HP engine, 2000 GPM Hale QMax pump, 500 gal. poly tank, IQAN motion control system.

Provided By Safe Industries

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#7 VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

#7 VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Anchor-Richey EVS F-350 Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford chassis, 6.2 gas engine, 245 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, 12,000 lb. Warn winch and brush guard.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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DALLAS FIRE DEPARTMENT

DALLAS FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Anchor-Richey EVS F-550 Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford chassis, 6.7 gas engine, 345 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, LED extendable scene light, LED light package.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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NORTH BROOK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

NORTH BROOK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Anchor-Richey EVS F-450 Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford chassis, 6.7 gas engine, 300 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, Stokes basket rack, LED extendable scene lights.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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NORTH BROOK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

NORTH BROOK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2012 Spartan ERV 2500 gal. tanker Work Star w/International chassis, Navistar Maxxforce 9 engine, 1250 GPM Darley pump, 2500 gal. poly tank, dump tank rack, large storage compartments.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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PLEASANT GARDEN FIRE DEPARTMENT

PLEASANT GARDEN FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Anchor-Richey EVS F-450 Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford chassis, 6.8 gas engine, 245 GPM Hale pump, 250 gal. poly tank, extendable scene light, LED light package.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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HUNTERSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT

HUNTERSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Smeal 105’ HD-105 Quint w/Spartan chassis, Cummins ISX 600 HP engine, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 480 gal. UPF tank, LFD cab w/5” raised roof, rope rescue system.

Provided By Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks

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LEXINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

LEXINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

2012 Smeal HD 75’ Quint w/Smeal chassis, Cummins ISX 500 engine, 1750 GPM Waterous pump, 400 gal. UPF tank, EHL hose bed, AI-11 aerial control console, electric positional monitor.

Provided By Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks

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RANLO FIRE AND RESCUE

RANLO FIRE AND RESCUE

2013 Smeal Custom Rescue/Pumper w/Spartan chassis, Cummins ISL 450 engine, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, 10 kw generator, light tower.

Provided By Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks

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NOVANT HEALTH

NOVANT HEALTH

2013 Ford E-450 Type III AEV CCT Ambulance, all LED lights, Onan generator, air horn system, flex steel seating.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles

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ROANOKE MEDICAL TRANSPORT, INC.

ROANOKE MEDICAL TRANSPORT, INC.

2013 Ford E-350 Type II AEV Ambulance w/Ford chassis, V10 gas, custom interior, custom console, 20-1050 Vanner Inverter.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles

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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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BOYKINS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

BOYKINS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2012 Rosenbauer Commander 4000 Custom Side Mount Pumper w/Rosenbuaer chassis, Cummins ISC 380 engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, pike poles.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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BUNN FIRE DEPARTMENT

BUNN FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Rosenbauer R611 Commander Custom Top Mount Pumper w/Rosenbauer chassis, Cummins ISL 450 engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1250 gal. UPF tank, Foam Pro 1600 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, Insta-Chains, pump and roll.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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EAST SIDE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

EAST SIDE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Spartan Gladiator Rosenbauer Side Mount Pumper/Tanker w/Navistar MF-13 475 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 2000 gal. UPF tank, Zico Quic-lift ladder rack.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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MONCURE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

MONCURE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 C.W. Williams & Co., Wildfire Skid Unit w/Ford chassis, 100 GPM Hale HP100X pump, 225 gal. UPF tank, Warn winch, brush guard, 18 HP Briggs & Stratton, Hannay booster reel.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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SANFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT

SANFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Rosenbauer 7400 Commercial 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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WILKES IREDELL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

WILKES IREDELL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 Rosenbauer Side Mount Pumper w/International chassis, MaxxForce ISC 380 engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, 4x4 chassis, hydraulic ladder rack, 8 kw generator.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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BADIN LAKE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

BADIN LAKE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 E-One IH4400 w/International chassis, 330 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale pump, 1280 gal. tank, ladder storage through tank sleeve, HiViz 15000 LED scene lights.

Provided By Fire Connections

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CITY OF ROCKY MOUNT FIRE DEPARTMENT

CITY OF ROCKY MOUNT FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 E-One Cyclone Heavy Rescue, ISL 450 HP engine, 40 kw generator, custom hydraulics, Bauer compressor/casade awning, exhaust diverter, LED scene lights.

Provided By Fire Connections

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KNOTTS ISLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT

KNOTTS ISLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 E-One Typhoon Rescue Pumper, 450 HP engine, 1500 Qmax pump, 1000 gal. tank, foam system, 10 kw generator, aluminum hosebed cover, Command Light LED light tower.

Provided By Fire Connections

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SUNSET BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT

SUNSET BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT

2013 E-One Custom Rescue Pumper w/E-One Cyclone chassis, Cummins 450 HP engine, 1250 GPM Hale pump, 1030 gal. tank, steel front bumper, rescue compartments, LED scene lights.

Provided By Fire Connections

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