CFJ Vol. 32.4 (Spring 2018)

Only the Brave Need Apply

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” — Billy Graham

“Only the Brave” is the name of a recently released movie about the Granite Mountain Hotshots, who became one of the most elite fighting teams in the country. These guys ran toward the danger, never flinching. They took care of each other, forming a unique brotherhood faithfully bonding together. Their mission: to protect families and communities from nature’s elements out of control. Their specialty —  raging forest fires engulfing mountains and all terrain in its path.

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Waterfalls Rescue and Recoveries

It is that time of year when people will inevitably visit these powerful natural features to awe at their beauty, to photograph them, and for some, to be hurt or killed by the unsuspected dangers they present. It is only March as I write this article and already there have been two waterfalls accidents resulting in two deaths, one in North Carolina and one in upstate South Carolina.

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School Bus Extrication

We’re starting to see the signs of spring with the green and blooming of the trees, letting us know that warmer weather is right around the corner. This is also the best time for training to hone our skills before summer gets here.

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The PreHospital Trauma System From 20,000 Feet

While the title takes a metaphorical stance on the viewpoint below, it is safe to say that prehospital providers should have an understanding of how everything works. The adage that “trauma is easy” is long overdue for removal from our vocabulary.  

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‘Finding a Problem Is Like Finding a Diamond’

EMS agencies must focus on how they act as a system. Patient safety should be a central part of all EMS agencies. Looking at each EMS agency as part of a system of care is the only way to make this happen. Many EMS agencies have made the mistake of blaming individuals for patient care errors. Every system produces errors because of the way the system has been designed. When an error takes place, the system should not just blame the individual provider.

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The Importance of Education in EMS

As the Spring issue of Fire Rescue Journal goes to press we have just wrapped up a very successful 2018 SC EMS Symposium. The weather was quite the hodge podge; from 35 and flurries at the beginning of the week to 75 and sunny, and back to the 50s by weeks end. As the dates of the conference inch more towards the warmer months we should experience even “beachier” climates in years to come. The SC EMS Network puts on an outstanding symposium every year, and this year was no exception. I didn’t see an empty vendor slot in the entire exhibit hall this year, and there were plenty of new vehicles to crawl around on in the outdoor tent as well. If you missed this year, you missed many announcements and innovations coming to South Carolina EMS. We always ensure we deliver news from the bureau, exciting innovations, and new projects for the coming year. This year was no exception. We issued more than 250 new Forever EMT ID cards this year, the Medical Control Physicians and EMS Advisory saw presentations to remove the Community Paramedic program from pilot after more than five years, and it looks like after all the votes were counted the EMS community is ready to design and release new uniform patches. If you miss symposium, you miss a lot. Hope to see you there next year as we work to push attendance even higher. This year’s reported numbers were closing in on 500 and we’d like to see 600 next year. Make no mistake about it, decisions are made every year at the symposium state-wide meetings that affect you and how EMS business gets done in South Carolina. If you miss out, your opinions won’t be heard on some of these vital issues. Last, but not least, the awards dinner on Saturday night never fails to amaze us and make me proud to be party of South Carolina EMS. Hearing tales of heroism, selfless dedication to duty, and the projects that individuals and agencies take on as the awards are read is incredible.

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Calling All Citizens

On Nov. 17, 2011 around 6 p.m., I sat in the fire station listening to possible reports of a tornado in my community. My municipal fire department was not receiving any calls for service but the county departments received countless incident responses. 

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Moving Cancer Education Forward

By this point, most of us have seen the numbers illustrating the occupational cancer problem in the fire service. Multiple studies have been conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and other organizations. 

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Fire Wipes

If you are a member of any firefighter Facebook group, read magazines like this one, or tend to have good conversations in the firehouse, you have undoubtedly heard a lot recently concerning firefighters and cancer. States like Maryland and Texas have passed laws that presume that if a firefighter is diagnosed with certain types of cancers that it was job related. 

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NIOSH Pocket Guide

Everyone would agree that the world of hazmat has changed dramatically since the 1980s when HAZWOPER was published. The OSHA regulation established five training levels — Awareness, Operations, Technician, Specialist and Incident Commander. 

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Adaptive Leadership in the Hazmat World

One of the greatest leaps we make in our hazmat career is the progression from operations level responder to hazmat technician.  This progression is viewed as a technical challenge, as it involves the acquisition of knowledge so the hazmat technician can then apply that technical know-how to operating offensively in the hot zone.  An even greater challenge for many hazmat personnel is subsequent to the aforementioned leap — the transition to a leadership position in which adaptive leadership skills must be utilized.  Adaptive leadership skills are not as cut-and-dried as the skills utilized to tackle technical issues, as adaptive leadership involves the changing of the very hearts and minds of the personnel that are supervised and there is no succinct road map or guide that can be applied to such challenges.

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Beware of the Keyboard Incident Commander

In our last article we discussed how my agency’s use of Social Media made an amazing impact for our community during the holidays. Over the last year or so we’ve also touched slightly on negative aspects that can accompany the use of Social Media. In this article we’ll dive into two of these potentially negative aspects — the “Keyboard Incident Commander” (KIC for short) and the “Internet Troll” (Troll for short).

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No One Wants to Play in Your Sandbox

196,000

That is the number of search results that appear when typing, “volunteer firefighter shortage” into your google search bar. It has become an epidemic in the fire service, and there are a host of excuses as to why it is happening. These range from, “people just don’t have the time anymore” all the way to, “the training requirements are too difficult for a volunteer.”  While both of these may be contributing factors, I believe there is something far more simplistic: Leadership, or a general lack thereof.

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Farewell Chief Bruno and Thank You!

It was a Sunday night and I was attending a class. How appropriate that was. An alphabetical registration was occurring which allowed me time to check my phone for emails, etc. That’s when I first heard the news. Chief Alan Vincent Brunacini was gone. I felt as if someone had punched me in the gut. In my humble opinion, no one has ever had a greater influence on the fire service or my professional career than Chief Bruno. We will get back to me in a minute, but let’s first examine Bruno’s influence on the fire service. Bruno took the organizational management tricks in large wildland fires and adapted it for use at structure fires. The heavy emphasis on resource management, accountability and organization laid the groundwork for what are safer fire ground operations today. To be sure, our incident command systems in use today are skyscrapers that can be traced back to the foundation that Bruno built.

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Eighth Time is a Charm

What happens when the third time is not a charm?  I suppose it all depends on the issue and whether you have the fire in the belly to try, try again.  OK, enough of the clichés.  Instead, I want to write about an important issue that faced the fire service back in 2003 and how a number of fire organizations remained committed to the issue until we finally prevailed 15 years later.  I have spent the last 33 years in Washington, D.C. working directly and indirectly with members of Congress.  During that time, I have seldom seen them and a constituency remain committed to an issue for that long.  That is until Congressman Jim Langevin of Rhode Island introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. 

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10 Years After

I recently paid a visit to a fire station I opened 10 years ago last November. The idea was to see how the building was holding up, to see if the choices we made were correct and to see what we missed. When I called the station, I spoke to the captain on duty. As I started telling him why I wanted to come over, I barely got the words out when he responded “the Apparatus Bay is too damn short.” I laughed and said “direct all complaints to Chief name redacted.” I knew this complaint was coming.

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Relevant Tags: THE STATION HOUSE

Why Should You Use an Architect with Significant Fire Station Design Experience?

If your organization is planning to renovate or build a new fire/rescue station, is there any benefit to using an architect who has significant fire/rescue station experience?  After all, any quality architect should be able to design a station, right?  Is specialization really necessary?  

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Contractors and Architects: The Foundation of Success

Starting a new project? Do you have a building committee? Do you have land? Do you know what you want to build? Do you have money? What do I do next?

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We Need a New Station

If you are like most fire chiefs, you may often think — more likely dream — about building a new fire station. You make a mental checklist of all the things you’d want or need to have once you get the chance to build. Then, your service area grows or your current station is simply on its last leg, and you finally get the greenlight to start the planning process. Now what?

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Learning From Wolves

The attitude of a successful organization can be summed up simply: it is a constant visualization of success. This visualization of success has to be shared by all members of the department. The fragmentation of the team, negative attitudes and alternative visions will lead to the failure of meeting the mission and thus the destruction of the organization, which means the individuals will not reach their true potential. 

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Macedonia Rural Fire Districts

Department Name: Macedonia Rural Fire District

County: Berkeley County

Type Department: Volunteer

Structure: Private

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Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department

Department Name: Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Dept.

County: Hyde

Type Department: All Volunteer

Structure: Operating under Ocracoke Fire Protection Assoc. 501c3

ISO: 6

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The N.C. Transportation Museum Fire Truck Festival

The North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, North Carolina, is a site typically known for its railroading heritage, located on the grounds of the former Spencer Shops steam locomotive repair facility. During the first half of the 20th century, it was Southern Railways’ largest repair facility for those coal fired iron horses.  

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Engine Co Ops — Water Supply

In previous articles we covered some important aspects of the engine company. Topics included the first line, the second line and understanding fire ground flow. The next element to discuss is the water supply. Failing to have a positive supply of water on the fireground equates to poor fireground performance and potential embarrassment. Additionally, the property owners and occupants are on the losing end. In many instances establishing a positive water supply can be as difficult as the fireground operation.

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Northern Star Illuminating Compass for Firefighters

If you are like me, you love the ingenuity of firefighters. If there is a need for something in the fire service and it does not exist, a brother or sister of ours will find a way to invent it. That is why I love doing these product reviews. It is also why I love going to conferences where I can go through the vendor area and see what new has been developed.

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Recovery

In my past articles I have spoken of my great blessings in life, especially since my treatment and sobriety.  As an alcoholic I wanted to speak on a few of my personal struggles concerning sobriety and staying sober. 

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Are We Adrenalin Junkies?

As founder of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance I have traveled over 130,000 air miles annually for the past three or four years. Crisscrossing the states and Canada presenting workshops for EMS and fire organizations. There have been many issues we have seen and trying to bring awareness to our brothers and sisters. 

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This is How You Eat Healthy

Have you heard people refer to BMI? Do you know what it is and how it is important to your health. BMI stands for Body Mass Index. The number is calculated using your height and weight. You can go to this site to calculate your BMI. 

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Industry News

P.L. Custom Body and Equipment
Co., Inc. Announces C.W. Williams
and Co. As Distributor

C.W. Williams & Co. (CWW) will be providing sales and service to emergency services providers in North and South Carolina and Tennessee. In addition to providing sales and service for P.L. Custom Emergency Vehicles (PLCB) and Rescue 1, CWW will be providing remounting and specialty conversions through PLCB as well.

According to Dean Allred, CEO of CWW, “After a three-year evaluation of our market and potential suppliers, we now look forward to promoting and selling these two great products...As we researched possible representation of an ambulance manufacturer, it was refreshing to find a strong family owned and operated company so dedicated to craftsmanship and long term customer relationships. For our customer that are looking for a better product and better local service support, we are convinced this new partnership will be hard to resist.

“C.W. Williams & Co. is celebrating its 62nd year of continuous operation,” continued Allred. The company operates out of two facilities in North Carolina, strategically located to offer easy access for our customers. Our experience service team offers both garage and mobile service for both apparatus and equipment.”

PLCB has been in business since 1946 and owned by the Smock family since 1970. They consider the company small by design, family-owned and rich in heritage and tradition.

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Preserving Our Past

The Rekindle Society, The Carolina’s Chapter of SPAAMFAA (The Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America) has held an annual Spring Parade and Show in Cheraw since 2007. 

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Cary Fire Department

Cary Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer 105’ Aerial Ladder w/Pierce chassis, Detroit Diesel DD13 525 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CSU pump, 300 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 IFS, 13” extended bumper.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Crozet Volunteer Fire Dept.

Crozet Volunteer Fire Dept.

Pierce Velocity PUC Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Detroit Diesel DD13-525 HP, 1500 GPM Pierce PUC pump,750 gal. UPF poly tank, Husky 12 foam system, 10” raised roof.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Farmville Volunteer Fire Dept.

Farmville Volunteer Fire Dept.

Pierce Enforcer PUC Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Detroit Diesel 505 HP engine, 1500 GPM Pierce PUC pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, 10” raised roof, TAK-4 IFS, 26” front bumper.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Fayetteville Fire Department

Fayetteville Fire Department

Pierce Impel PUC 107’ Ascendant Aerial w/Cummins L9-450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Pierce PUC pump, 500 gal. UPF poly tank, 10” raised roof, 750 lb. tip load, 19” extended front bumper.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Greensboro Fire Department

Greensboro Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9-450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale QMAX 150 pump, 500 gal. UPF poly tank, 22” extended bumper, Williams WATP A/B foam system.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Greenville Fire Department

Greenville Fire Department

Pierce Impel PUC 107’ Ascendant Ladder w/Cummins L9-450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Pierce PUC pump, 500 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 IFS, 750 lb. tip load, 10” extended front bumper.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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City of Radford

City of Radford

Pierce Enforcer 75’ Aerial Ladder w/Cummins L9-450 HP engine, 2000 GPM Waterous CMU pump, 500 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 IFS, 750 lb. tip load, 10” extended front bumper.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Delivered by Atlantic Emergency Solutions

Delivered by Atlantic Emergency Solutions

Pierce Enforcer PUC Pumper w/Cummins l9-450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Pierce PUC pump, 1250 gal. UPF poly tank, 10” raised roof, TAK-4 IFS, 26” extended bumper.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Stewartsville-Chamblissburg Fire Dept.

Stewartsville-Chamblissburg Fire Dept.

Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Cummins L9-450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CMU pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, 10” extended bumper.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Thanksgiving Fire Department

Thanksgiving Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9-450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CSU pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, 10” raised roof, 19” extended bumper.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company

Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company

Pierce Arrow XT 100’ Aerial Platform w/Detroit Diesel DD13-525 HP engine, TAK-4 IFS, 26” extended front bumper, 35 MPH wind rating, 400 lb. tip load allowance.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Wilson Fire-Rescue Department

Wilson Fire-Rescue Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9-450 HP engine, 1260 GPM Hale QMAX 125 pump, 500 gal UPF poly tank 10” raised roof, TAK-4 IFS, 26” extended front bumper.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Broad River Fire and Rescue Dept.

Broad River Fire and Rescue Dept.

2018 Marion Body Works Commercial Pumper w/Kenworth chassis, 380 HP Paccar engine, 1500 GPM Hale DSD pump, 1000 gal. poly tank,aluminum tread plate hosebed cover.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Northeast Guilford Fire Department

Northeast Guilford Fire Department

2017 Spartan Metro Star ER Custom Pumper w/Spartan chassis, 450 HP Cummins engine, 1500 GPM Darley pump, 1250 gal. poly tank, EMS compartments in cab, front suction.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Oak Hill Volunteer Fire Rescue

Oak Hill Volunteer Fire Rescue

2017 Anchor-Richey EVS Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford chassis, 6.7 liter diesel engine, 300 GPM HPX200-KBD24 pump, 300 gal. poly tank, large pull out under body tray, dual booster reels.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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No. 9 Township Fire & Rescue

No. 9 Township Fire & Rescue

No. 9 Township Fire & Rescue

Provided By Midwest Fire

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Levine Cancer Institute

Levine Cancer Institute

2017 DurStar International Mobile Lung Screening Unit w/diesel engine, on-board full body 32-slice Body Tom CT Scanner,Modular Body Pop-out for maximum patient space.

Provided By Frazer, Ltd.

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Hilltop Fire District

Hilltop Fire District

2018 Cinder Custom Pumper w/Ferrara chassis, Cummins ISL9 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale QMax, 1000 gal. poly tank, Hannay booster reel, rescue compartments, extruded aluminum body.

Provided By Ferrara

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Salisbury Fire Department

Salisbury Fire Department

2018 8 MVP Rescue Pumper w/ Interno chassis by Ferrara, Cummins 500 HP engine, 2000 GPM Hale QMAX pump, 750 gal. poly tank, roof top compartments w/access ladder.

Provided By C&C Fire Apparatus

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Salisbury Fire Department

Salisbury Fire Department

2018 HD-100 Mid Mount Platform Aerial w/Interno chassis by Ferrara Cummins 600 HP engine, 2000 GPM Hale QMAX pump, 300 gal. poly tank, extruded aluminum body, 100 ft. aerial.

Provided By C&C Fire Apparatus

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Bristol Fire

Bristol Fire

2017 Spartan/Smeal 75’ Quint Aerial w/Spartan Metro Star chassis, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 500 gal. UPF tank, Smeal QL-12 wiring harness, custom rescue style front bumper.

Provided By Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks

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Gastonia Fire Dept.

Gastonia Fire Dept.

2017 Smeal 75’ Aerial Ladder w/Spartan Gladiator EMFD w/Cummins engine, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 500 gal. UPF tank, Smeal GS-36 hot dip galvanized substructure.

Provided By Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks

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Harrisburg Fire Department

Harrisburg Fire Department

2018 Smeal Custom Mid-Ship Engine/Pumper w/Spartan Metro-Star chassis, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gal. UPF tank, Smeal hydraulic ladder rack, custom rescue tool bumper.

Provided By Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks

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Lincolnton Fire Department

Lincolnton Fire Department

2017 Smeal custom Mid-Ship Pumper/Engine w/Sparan Metro-Star EMFD chassis, Cummins engine, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, custom low hose bed design.

Provided By Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks

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Carova Beach Volunteer Fire & Rescue

Carova Beach Volunteer Fire & Rescue

2018 Rosenbauer 51’ RoadRunner Watertower w/International chassis, Cummins ISL9 engine, 1250 GPM Rosenbauer N series pump, 750 UPS tank, LG Alert Anti-Rollover Warning System.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Damascus Volunteer Fire Dept.

Damascus Volunteer Fire Dept.

2018 Rosenbauer Side Mount Tanker RXT w/Freightliner MS 112 chassis, Cummins ISL 330 HP engine, 500 GPM Darley pump, 2000 gal. UPF tank, Whelen LED light package.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Durham Highway Fire and Rescue

Durham Highway Fire and Rescue

2018 Rosenbauer Commander 4000 Side Mount Pumper w/Cummins ISL9 engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CSU C20 pump, 1000 water/20 foam UPS tank, IMMI’s Roll Tek/4-front airbag system.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Fairview Fire Department

Fairview Fire Department

2018 Rosenbauer Commander 4000 Side Mount Pumper w/Cummins ISL9 engine, 1500 GPM Waterous CSU C20 pump, 1000 water/20 foam UPF tank, Smart Power hydraulic generator.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Town of Hope Mills

Town of Hope Mills

2017 Rosenbauer Commander Custom Top Mount Pumper w/Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 1500 Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, Fire Research Evolution LED brow light.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Town of Hope Mills

Town of Hope Mills

2017 Rosenbauer Commander Custom Top Mount Pumper w/Cummins ISL 450 HP engine, 1500 Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, Task Force Tips Crossfire portable monitor.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Jacksonville Fire Department

Jacksonville Fire Department

2017 Rosenbauer Commander Custom Top Mount Pumper w/Cummins ISL 400 HP engine, 1500 Waterous pump, 500 gal. UPF tank, 92” Whelen Ultra Freedom IV LED lightbar.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Newland Volunteer Fire Dept.

Newland Volunteer Fire Dept.

2018 Rosenbauer Commercial Top Mount Pumper w/Cummins L9 400 HP, 1500 GPM Hale DSD pump, 100/12/12 gal. UPF tank, 304 stainless steel body construction, Insta Chains.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Roanoke Fire Department

Roanoke Fire Department

2017 Rosenbauer Commander Custom Top Mount Pumper w/Cummins ISL 455 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale pump, 750 water/30 foam UPF tank, FireCom 5100 six position Intercome System.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Boiling Springs Fire District

Boiling Springs Fire District

2018 Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/DDC DD13 engine, 1500 GPM Hale pump, 750 gal. water tank, 1500 GPM Hale QMAX pump, 750 gal. water tank, Zico ladder rack, rear inlet.

Provided By Spartan Fire & Emergency Apparatus

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St. John’s Fire District

St. John’s Fire District

2018 Pierce Enforcer Pumper, w/Cummins L9 engine, 1500 GPM Hale QMAX 150 pump, 1000 gal. water tank, no extended bumper, Husky 3 foam system no driver side discharges.

Provided By Spartan Fire & Emergency Apparatus

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