CFJ Vol. 30.2 (Fall 2015)

They Go In

Reflecting back on our 30 years in publishing Carolina Fire Rescue EMS Journal, it has been absolutely amazing to observe the growth and significance of the fire, rescue and EMS professions. I have witnessed the metamorphosis — evolving into a highly technical, skilled and superbly trained indispensable leaders in our communities. The service they work so hard to provide at great personal risk is absolutely vital to the safety and the ability for the public to live secure in peace knowing they are protected and served by the best.

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EMS Continuing Education: Pain or Pleasure

About a month ago I was heading in to EMS Base where I was going to spend the day participating as a student in our monthly continuing education. Entering the classroom I saw Richard Stump setting up to teach. Richard is a longtime friend and mentor of mine. I was excited for sure. The topic for the day: cardiology.

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Mini Me — Pediatric Patient Assessment

In 1989, Robin Williams’ movie Dead Poets Society talked to students about the importance of perspective in looking at the world. This movie, which took high school aged young men in a prep school into a wider view of the world, was hailed at the time with multiple Oscar nominations. The movie itself had a scene where the boys’ teacher, John Keating had them stand on their desks to change their perspective on how they see things.

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Updates on EMS Practices

Here is a quick update on some news related to EMS in North Carolina. First of all, the North Carolina Medical Board working with the North Carolina Office of EMS is setting up an advisory group to give advice to the Medical Board on EMS scope of practice issues. Secondly, the North Carolina Office of EMS has also been reviewing data from pediatric anaphylaxis patients and data from rapid sequence intubations in the state.

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Evidence-Based Prehospital Diagnosis of Heart Failure

EMS receives a call for a 68-year-old male with shortness of breath.  Reported history includes coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, COPD and diabetes.  On arrival, he is tachycardic, tachypneic and hypertensive to 186/101 with rales at bilateral lung bases, scattered wheezes, and 2+ pitting edema.   The question: why is this patient short of breath?  Is this acutely decompensated heart failure, a COPD exacerbation, acute coronary syndrome, pneumonia or pulmonary embolism?  How do we tell the difference?

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Be the Safe Ambulance Operator

In May of 1976, the folks at Twentieth Century Fox released the EMS cult classic film “Mother, Jugs, and Speed.”  The storyline focused on the operation of two Los Angeles private ambulance companies, F&B and Unity, and their competitive nature in seeing who could get to the scene of a call the quickest. For in the story, whoever arrived first got the patient and therefore the business.  Needless to say speed was the only thing that mattered to them.  In today’s world of EMS, we know that it’s what we do, and not so much how fast we do it — especially driving — that results in positive clinical outcomes for patients.

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Underwater Metal Detector

We are rolling out of summer and now moving into fall. I think for us here in North Carolina, it is one of the best times of the year. The weather is great for getting out with the family, working outside, taking care of those honey do lists and training. We need to make sure we spend the time needed to train on the equipment we are expected to use so we can be the best in what we do.

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EZ Spanner Review

Recently I was contacted by a staff member of EZ Spanner and asked if I would be interested in seeing and reviewing their tool.  Of course if you are anything like me I love seeing the progress some companies make with their products their new and ideas.  So why would the hydrant wrench and other hand tools be exempt from upgrading? 

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How Do Our CUSTOMERS See Us?

Last issue I wrote about reputation management because every major fire conference I attended across the country had someone speaking about this subject, and the beat goes on. The most “hits” I have received on any article have been about how the public, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, perceive the fire service. Just keep in mind that public perception is real and it does affect how some departments operate. A few years ago I wrote about volunteer firefighters doing the wrong things. It is not just about the volunteers. Career fire departments, some of the largest in the country, are making the headlines and when the media locks on to a story about a public servant, America’s Hero, doing the wrong thing, they seem to find more about the agency. Here is what was written then with some editing and updating.

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Building The Team

Whether we have been on the job for a day or for a lifetime, understanding the importance of teamwork is paramount. The job may be a paid career position or it may be volunteer service. Regardless of any financial compensation or service provided, we function best as a team. Perhaps we operate as a team of two on an EMS unit. Or maybe we serve as a four-person team on an Engine or Ladder Company; or as a 20 person Hazardous Materials Response Team. And we are always part of a larger organization, functioning as a team no matter what the assignment may be. The team approach has always been a foundational element within the emergency services community.

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Rock Hill Fire Department

Name: Rock Hill Fire Department

County: York

Type Department: Career

Structure: Para Military

ISO: rating of 3

Number of Stations: 7

Number of Apparatus: 18

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Relevant Tags: FIRE STATION PROFILE

Planning to Succeed Using NIMS in Your Daily Operations

“Is your organization NIMS compliant?” We as managers hear that question from time to time. Most of the time we hear “Yes, we meet the federal requirements” as the answer. Does this mean all employees have had the mandatory online classes, or does it mean that your crews can effectively use the concepts of NIMS?  In the past several years we have seen many examples of how the National Incident Management System (NIMS) works in resource management and communication in major incidents. The question for this discussion is, “Can using the concepts of NIMS in our daily operations make our department more proficient?”

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What is Your Role During an Active Shooter Response?

Do you know your role, in active shooter response? I spent the last week training a rather large department in North Carolina. This group had a lot of questions. While some obstacles were more difficult to work through than others, I felt it was important to share, as these will quite possibly arise with many departments as they implement a plan for active shooter response. The name being utilized pretty universally for active shooter response is Rescue Task Force (RTF). It is just that, a task force. This means there are multiple departments or agencies in-teroperating.

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Heavy Vehicle Rescue

We are moving into fall and the weather makes it a good time for training. School is back in and folks are also back into their normal schedule. This also means more traffic on the road and more school buses back on the road. Since we have nicer weather, try and get as much training in as you can before the holidays come upon us. They will be here before you know it. We have looked at many aspects of heavy vehicle rescue. We have discussed the anatomy of trucks, types of trucks, trailers, stabilizing the vehicles and lifting them as well. We have considered how airbags work and the different types. Now we need to look at extricating our patients and how to gain access. In many ways this is not a lot different than working on standard vehicles.

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Relevant Tags: EXTRICATION EDUCATION

Annual Fire Equipment Testing Not a Suggestion But A Requirement

Earlier this year we spotted an article describing a fire department along the east coast that was shut down due to a lack of historical records showing annual NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) testing of the department’s fire equipment.

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Keeping it Fresh

Is your relationship with the fire service at best “Status Quo”? Just like any relationship it has to be worked. Often when analyzing where we are in a relationship we find we’ve abandoned the love we first had. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; regroup and start doing the works you did at first. In other words, refuel the passion for the job!

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Don’t Be The Turkey

As Thanksgiving approaches, many turkey fryers will come out of storage in preparation for the traditional holiday meal. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and associated civilian injuries and the third leading cause of home fire deaths.

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The ‘07 Series Highway Tank Trailers:

Our discussion in this issue will continue our series begun in our previous installment regarding highway transportation tank trailers. While we took a look at the ’06 series non-pressure tank trailers — the most numerous types of tank trailers seen on our roadways — in our last discussion, in this iteration of our series we will concentrate on the ’07 series of low-pressure tank trailers.

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Railroad Incident Response:

Response to a hazardous materials response is covered only briefly in Hazardous Materials Operations classes. Unless the instructor chooses to add some additional material, the discussion usually focuses on identifying rail cars, emphasizing tank cars, and little else. An actual incident involving a train encompasses much, much more. This article discusses the other things involved in railroad response such as safety, bridges, tunnels and etc.

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Charlotte Memorial Stair Climb and Training Day

What is a 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb?

In September each year, fire service members convene in high-rise buildings across the United States to climb 110 stories as a tribute to their fallen public safety brothers and sisters lost during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City.

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Revitalize Your Fire Station With 5 Easy DIY Projects

There are times when a fire department would like to build a new facility but may not have the funds at that time. Coming up with a game plan and contacting a design builder as early as possible is the correct way to go about planning for growth, but sometimes it may be years before you are actually ready to start the design and building process.

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Architecture for Firefighters #12

I started this column three years ago writing about understanding firehouse building plans and specifications. In my first column, (Winter 2013), I wrote that the “devil is in the details.” I hope you understand that sometimes I needed to pull back from the details, get out of the weeds and show you a view of the process from 10,000 feet.

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Getting Started: The Basics of Fire Training Design Part 2

This is the second of two articles discussing the basics of Public Safety Training Facility design. Part one discussed the value of starting the project with a comprehensive master plan. Part two will examine the various components that comprise a State-of-the-Art Training Facility.

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City of Salisbury Fire Department

Department Name: City of Salisbury Fire Department

County: Rowan

Type Department: Career

ISO: Two

Number of Stations: Five

Number of Apparatus: Pumpers: 2 Quints: 4 Aerials: 2 Specialty: 9

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The Elephant in the Room

As the title of this article suggests, I would like to address the elephant in the room. For those of you not familiar with the metaphorical idiom, “the elephant in the room” refers to an obvious risk or problem that is not discussed or otherwise ignored. I will begin this article with a true story. This story involves two law enforcement officials, both of whom were my neighbors. I will call one of them Jim and the other Bob. Jim and Bob did not work for the same law enforcement agency but being that it was a small neighborhood, we were all “neighborly.”

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The Worst Cuss Word of All Time

All of us teach our children that certain words are bad. There are those commonly heard on “R” rated movies. Others are learned from older siblings or, ahem, parents. Yet, to me, one of the nastiest words in the English language affects people of all ages — cancer.

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Five questions on department mental health every fire chief should review

The job of fire chief is never easy. Whether you lead a volunteer company of 10 or a career department of several thousand, your bottom line is, or should be, the physical safety and mental and emotional wellness of your men and women.

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Does Your Partner Need Help?

Working on a fire department has its many rewards. The bond firefighters share is unlike any other profession. We work, eat, sleep and socialize during our downtime. We have each other’s back no matter the danger. We even help each other during our down time. I don’t think I ever paid for a mover during my time at the fire department. Ask a couple of fellow firefighters and they’re at your door with pickup trucks. I don’t know any other profession, whether paid or volunteer, where that happens. From plumbing to new roofs if the guys can do it they’re there to help.

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Did You Know There Is a North Carolina State Fireman’s Association Auxiliary

Well, there is and I had the privilege to attend the 49th Annual Meeting of the NCSFAA. This association has been Behind the Bravest since 1964. I have been a paying member of the NCSFAA since 1998. Wow! That has been 17 years. And, yes, there have been a few changes.

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Obesity, The Major Risk Factor for Volunteer Firefighters

In an article written in “Fire Engineering” by Thomas A. Merrill he stated, “Being a volunteer firefighter affords no excuse for not being physically up to the task.

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Industry News

Firehouse Expo Going
to Nashville in 2016

Firehouse announced at last week’s Firehouse Expo in Baltimore that it’s 2016 event will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to the change in location, Firehouse Expo will move to the fall, with October dates for 2016.

“It was not our original plan to be in Nashville in 2016,’ said Ed Nichols, Vice President of Events, “however, circumstances required us to find a new location and Nashville made the most sense.

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Fall 2015 New Deliveries

BELL ARTHUR FIRE DEPARTMENT

BELL ARTHUR FIRE DEPARTMENT

Pierce Velocity SLT Pumper w/Detroit DD13-450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CSU pump, 1000 gal. poly tank Husky 3 foam system, side roll and front impact protection.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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LAKE OF THE WOODS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

LAKE OF THE WOODS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Cummins ISL9-450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CSU pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, 10” raised roof, Oshkosh TAK-4 independent front suspension.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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GEORGE HILDEBRAN FIRE-RESCUE

GEORGE HILDEBRAN FIRE-RESCUE

Pierce Saber FR Pumper w/Cummins ISL9-380 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale QMAX-150 pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, 10” raised roof, Gortite roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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CONTENTNEA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

CONTENTNEA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins ISL9-HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale QMAX-150 pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, Hale Foam Logix 2.1 foam system, AMDOR roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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BROOKVILLE-TIMBERLAKE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

BROOKVILLE-TIMBERLAKE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

Pierce Velocity PUC Pumper w/Detroit DD13-500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Pierce PUC pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, Oshkosh TAK-4 independent front suspension, Harrison generator.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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GOLDSBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT

GOLDSBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT

Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Detroit DD13-500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, 10” raised roof, Oshkosh TAK-4 independent front suspension.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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BRENDLETOWN FIRE-RESCUE

BRENDLETOWN FIRE-RESCUE

Pierce/Freightliner Responder Pumper w/Cummins ISB-360 HP engine, 1250 GPM Waterous CXVPA pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, Harrison 10kW hydraulic generator, Gortite roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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TURKEY CREEK FIRE & RESCUE DEPARTMENT

TURKEY CREEK FIRE & RESCUE DEPARTMENT

Pierce Saber FR Pumper w/Cummins ISL9-450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CSU pump 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, Hale Foam Logix 2.1 foam system, AMDOR roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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RINER VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

RINER VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Detroit DD13-500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale QTWO-150 pump, 1500 gal. UPF poly tank, Onan 7.5kW diesel generator, Husky 3 foam system.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY FIRE SERVICES

NEW HANOVER COUNTY FIRE SERVICES

Pierce Arrow XT PUC 105” Aerial Ladder w/Detroit DD13-500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Pierce PUC pump, 500 gal. UPF poly tank, 10” raised roof, AMDOR roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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SHELBY FIRE AND RESCUE

SHELBY FIRE AND RESCUE

Pierce Velocity PUC 75’ Aerial Ladder w/Detroit DD13-500 HP engine, 1500 GPM Pierce PUC pump, 300 gal. UPF poly tank, 10” raised roof, 750 lb. tip load, AMDOR roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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NORTHVIEW FIRE DEPARTMENT

NORTHVIEW FIRE DEPARTMENT

Pierce/Peterbilt Dryside Tanker w/1250 GPM Waterous CS pump, 3000 gal. UPF poly tank, AMDOR roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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BROAD RIVER VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT

BROAD RIVER VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT

Anchor-Richey Flatbed Brush Truck w/Dodge chassis, 6.4 V8 Hemi gas engine, Hale HP275 Max-Attack pump, poly tank, large transverse compartment, Blizzard Wizard foam system.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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BRUMLEY GAP FIRE DEPARTMENT

BRUMLEY GAP FIRE DEPARTMENT

Rosenbauer Wildland Timberwolf Urban Interface Pumper w/MaxxForce 330 HP engine, 1250 GPM Rosnebauer NH pump, 750 gal. UPF tank, TFT remote control bumper turret, 4 reels.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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RAYNHAM MCDONALD VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

RAYNHAM MCDONALD VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

Rosenbauer Top Mount Pumper/Tanker w/MaxxForce 315 HP tank, Darley PSM pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, Rosenbauer electric ladder rack, Command Light light tower.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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BARNARDSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT

BARNARDSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Rosenbauer Top Mount Pumper/Tanker w/Freightliner M2 chassis, Cummins 450 HP engine, 1250 GPM Hale QFlo pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, Rosenbauer hydraulic ladder rack.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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PEARCE’S MILL FIRE DEPARTMENT

PEARCE’S MILL FIRE DEPARTMENT

Rosenbuaer Mini Pumper w/Ford F550 4x4 four door, Powerstroke 6.7L V8 engine, Hale HPX450 pump, 325 gal. UPF tank, Firecom intercom, electric rewind booster hose reel.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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RHODESTOWN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

RHODESTOWN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

Rosenbauer Commander w/Cummins ISL 9 400 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CXC20 pump, 1000/30 UPF tank, hydraulic ladder rack, 10kW hydraulic generator, electrical cord reel.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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NORTH CHATHAM VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

NORTH CHATHAM VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

(3) Rosenbauer Commercial Side Mount Tankers w/Freightliner M2 chassis, 1250 GPM Waterous CXVK pump, 1800 gal. UPF tank, Firecom Intercom, Zico Quic Lift drop tank rack.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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EDGECOMBE COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD

EDGECOMBE COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD

2015 Chevy Tahoe w/Whelen lights, custom command cabinet in rear, custom First Priority center console built in speakers above console, custom command board in cabinet.

Provided By First Priority South

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EDGECOMBE COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD

EDGECOMBE COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD

AEV Remount on 2015 Ford E450 chassis, TecNiq lights.

Provided By First Priority South

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SOUTH DAVIDSON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

SOUTH DAVIDSON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

Rosenbauer Custom Side Mount Pumper w/Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale QMax pump, 1500 gal. UPF tank, 8kW hydraulic generator, Foam Pro 2001, booster hose reel.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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PIEDMONT TRIAD AMBULANCE AND RESCUE

PIEDMONT TRIAD AMBULANCE AND RESCUE

2015 Chevy III-G4500 w/Chevy chassis, 163” McCoy Miller, 12 volt system plus separate 110, all LED lighting inside and out, new cab console with new RC Tronics switch panel.

Provided By First Priority South

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HANNAH SALEM FRIENDFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT

HANNAH SALEM FRIENDFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT

2015 KME Flex Pumper w/Panther chassis, Cummins engine, 2000 GPM Hale pump, 1500 gal. UPF tank.

Provided By Safe Industries

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BARBOUR COUNTY EMS

BARBOUR COUNTY EMS

2014 Remount-Northwestern Type III, 144x95, Ford E-350 cutaway chassis, ducted AC, Whelen LED lights, complete re-paint, new exterior, diamond plate trim, new upholstery.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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MACON COUNTY EMS

MACON COUNTY EMS

2015 Northwestern-Remount Type I, 148x95, Chevy 3500 4x4 chassis, ducted AC, complete re-paint, new exterior diamond plate trim, new upholstery, new front console and switch panel.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY EMS

WASHINGTON COUNTY EMS

2014 AEV Trauma Hawk Type I, 148x95, Ford F-350 chassis. Ducted AC/Heat, LED lights, vaccum form upholstery, child’s safety seat, Opticom, custom ALS setup.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS EMS

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS EMS

2015 AEV TraumaHawk Type II Transit, Ford Transit chassis, Whelen LED lights, ducted AC, LED dome light, 110 volt heater, reflective stripping and graphics.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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CLINTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

CLINTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

2015 E-One Typhoon Pumper w/Cummins ISL 350 engine, 1000 gal. tank, dump tank rack, 1/2 side, external ladder storage.

Provided By Fire Connections

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FOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

FOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2015 E-One Commercial Rescue Pumper w/Freighliner chassis, Cummins ISL 330 engine, 1500 GPM Hale QFlo pump, 1030 gal. tank, dual tunnels, Newton dump, LED scene lighting.

Provided By Fire Connections

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MEADOW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

MEADOW VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

2015 E-One Typhoon Rescue Pumper w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins ISL 330 engine, 1500 GPM Hale-Qmax pump, 1030 gal. tank, top mount, severe duty dash, light tower.

Provided By Fire Connections

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MOREHEAD CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT

MOREHEAD CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT

All-Poly PT2 2000 Tanker-Pumper w/Freightliner M2-106 chassis, Cummins ISL-350 HP engine, 1000 GPM APR poly tank, 1000 GPM Darley LSP PTO pump, all-poly construction.

Provided By Midwest Fire Equipment & Repair Company

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