CFJ Issue 35.1 Summer 2020

Tactical Medicine for the Hostile Incident Response

Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Life Support, pharmacology, advanced airway training, the list of courses goes on and on that our Paramedic and EMT students are getting. It seems as though every year we add more to EMS curriculums. While we may feel the burden of some bureaucratic additions, the majority are truly response centric. We continue to better prepare our students for the ever changing and evolving practice of medicine.

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North Carolina’s Pension Funds Maintained During Tough Economy

Challenges confront us throughout our lives, but perhaps not on the scale we have seen in recent months. We are in unprecedented times and this invokes a certain level of anxiety about the cer-tainty of change. As Treasurer for the state of North Carolina and keeper of the public purse, it is my duty to reassure the state’s citizens and business leaders that North Carolina’s government is on strong financial footing and well-positioned to weather the storm initiated by the COVID-19 epi-demic.

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Generations in the Workforce Training and Recruiting

In previous articles we have discussed the numerous generations that may be employed within the current fire service. What we need to explore now is how and where do we recruit for the vacancies and how do we train for those fire positions within a municipality. Although there may be generational gaps with as many as four different generations working at the same time, where does one look for the best and most qualified? Does hard work within a skilled trade count for the background for employment or does a college degree in fire science meet the criteria that is necessary for hiring?

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It’s Not Too Early to Think About Election Day

We live in troubled times and there are certainly no easy answers to the problems that plague this country. There are no shortages of proposals being offered to address our nation’s issues. The problem is that the climate in Washington, DC, and in state houses throughout the country, has become so politically charged that our legislators are seldom willing to work together to reach consensus on the solutions. But their intransigence should not discourage us from exercising our duties in the political process.

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The 7 Qualities Leaders Must Possess: Communications

(This is part four of a seven-part series on leadership.)

During this series we will be examining the seven qualities that are necessary for a leader to be successful in leading the organization and the team. You cannot be an effective team leader without being able to effectively communicate in every realm. This issue will focus on communications.

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ASK MR. BILL: Well I Certainly Didn’t See THAT Coming!

ASK MR. BILL

A column devoted to answering your questions on consumer, mortgage, small business and non-profit investments and lending programs to help you navigate the new financial landscape. Send your questions to [email protected].

Thanks for stopping by to read our new column. The intent of this column is to answer YOUR questions regarding financial challenges that you, your family, your business or your non-profit organization are currently facing or are expecting to face soon. But, in order to do so, you will have to send me an email with your topic or situation. My hope is for this column to become a conversation between us, as we face unprecedented financial challenges now, and in the months and years ahead, together.

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Public Safety Drones, Training and Proficiency

One of the significant needs that have been identified by a recent DRONERESPONDERS study report regarding public safety drones is the area of standardized training. Standardized training needs include a standardized public safety UAS curriculum, training materials, scenario-based exercises and ways to measure practical flight proficiency. Fortunately, there are a number of initiatives and resources that are moving forward with noting. In January 2020, ASTM International approved and published the F3379-20 Standard Guide for Training for Public Safety Remote Pilot of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Endorsement1. This guide covers the minimum training requirements for public safety remote pilots (PS-RPs) as it relates to their general, field and search specific knowledge and skills.

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The Why and How of Monitoring Medication Onboard EMS Vehicles

For fire and rescue operations, everything comes down to ensuring the best patient outcomes. Having well-trained staff as well as current technology and equipment is critical to doing that, of course. Keeping medication in the proper temperature range — both in storage and on-board EMS vehicles — is just as important. That’s because many medications lose their potency or efficacy if they get too warm or too cold.

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Challenging Times

As EMS providers we live in interesting times. I wanted to take a moment to review some of the most recent changes to the EMS landscape in North Carolina. There are three significant events taking place as I write this column. There is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There has also been increased scrutiny of how law enforcement interacts with members of the community. EMS needs to recognize that it has the skill set to assist law enforcement with the de-escalation of potentially violent interactions. Lastly, the North Carolina Medical Board has approved the use of ketamine in North Carolina by paramedics. 

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The Evolution of EMS and the SCEMS Association

Hello, my fellow Carolina Fire-Rescue-EMS Journal readers and followers. Without a doubt, the SCEMSA would not be where we are without the pathway previous leadership has laid down. Most recently, Henry Lewis made vital connections with built bridges connecting other public safety entities and key players within the legislation to promote EMS statewide and beyond. For that, we are certainly grateful.

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Successful Leadership

Leadership can be a challenge in any industry, but it can be especially so in the emergency services world. Stress levels run high, budget challenges abound, and employee morale can dip in a sometimes thankless job. With a variety of potential pitfalls, how can a leader in the first responder community be a success? Here a few tips that can help you not just be a boss, but a true leader of your people.

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The Budgeting Process for Fire Station Construction

Have you ever wondered how a construction company takes a fire department’s ideas and creates a budget for the construction of a new facility? Reliable budgets draw on proven industry standards, a well-honed process, and experience to arrive at a fair and dependable project budget.

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His Experience, Your Gain

Recently, I had a conversation with a fire department chief who had, within the last three years, built a new fire department as their Base 1. They had been in their previous station for nearly 45 years and the upgrades they needed were well past due. Chief Sheppard spoke about the past administration and the great work they had done to raise money for the station, raise awareness for the needs of the community, access funds for more trucks, supply their fireman with new equipment, develop safety protocols for different strategies to utilize during the calls, and bring in more volunteers every year since the station’s existence. He spoke about how the building had evolved since 1975 when the building was originally constructed for a “truck and pony,” and how so many people within the community reached out to help supply the station with everyday living resources like plates, napkins, food for the volunteers during meeting evenings, and cold drinks during the hot summer months. Resources were never an object that got in the way when it came to the fire station’s needs, as someone always knew someone that knew someone that had something to give.

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Pandemic Impacts on Station Design

Over the past five decades that our design firm has been involved in the planning and design of public safety facilities, there have been relatively few “watershed” events or industry changes that have made permanent and significant changes to the design of rescue stations. The realization that training opportunities could easily be designed into stations made an impact to most facilities. The federal implementation of the ADA was a design process changer. Certainly, the increased participation of female firefighters has made permanent design modifications to most stations. Most recent, the recognition of the need to identify and control carcinogens in the station has resulted in a new approach to station design. 

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The Fire Service and the Big ‘C’

Here is this quarter’s pop quiz. Aside from heart disease, which can have a number of underlying precipitating factors, what is the deadliest disease in the United States? The answer is malignant neoplasms. What are those? We often refer to them as cancer or as some call it, the big “C.” Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and destroy body tissue. The biggest cause of malignant neoplasms (or cancer) is DNA damage. Believe it or not, our body experiences tens of thousands of new DNA damages per human cell, per day. That is why we come wired with DNA repair genes, but even these can become damaged by diet related agents or exogenous agents, such as smoke, radiation, metals, viruses and other genotoxins. For firefighters like us, we are perhaps also wired to consider only that which will immediately harm us. We run into a burning building, hit the fire, and emerge unscathed without a thought of what might hurt us 30 years from now, tomorrow, or even five minutes into the future. In the fire service, we are used to dealing with acute risks and not so good at dealing with chronic risks.

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Charlotte Fire Department

Charlotte Fire Department

Department Name: Charlotte Fire Department. County: Mecklenburg County

Type Department: Municipal/Career Structure:

ISO: 1

Number of Stations: 43

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Charleston Fire Department

Charleston Fire Department

Department Name: Charleston Fire Department       

County: Charleston and Berkeley

Type Department: Career

ISO: 1/1X

Do you provide EMS? Yes

What type: BLS, ALS, FR

Annual Budget: 39 million

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Education Changes to North Carolina’s Firefighter Certification

Approximately every five years, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) releases updates to their consensus standards. NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, was last updated in 2013, so last year the 2019 edition of the standard. Once the standards are released, the publishers of firefighting textbooks and manuals begin updating and correlating their products to ensure they meet the new standard. Next, the entities in each state that are tasked with issuing credentials associated with those qualifications get to work on updating their own programs to ensure they line up with the latest standards.

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Rules of Crisis Management and Leadership

(This article is an excerpt from a program of crisis management developed by Gilbert, Harwell and Jones following a series of significant disasters on the Florida west coast some years ago. Time has proven these rules to be applicable in all types of disasters and community crisis, in both the public sector and the private sector for all levels of decision makers.)

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COVID-19

For more than two months, most of the nation has stayed at home under some form of national guideline or order by a state governor. At the same time, healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers have put their health and lives as well as that of their families on the line. Most of you have probably gone to work each day thinking, “if I get sick, at least I’m covered by workers’ comp.” Is that thought correct? The answer may be much more complicated than you would have ever imagined.

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Proper Care and Maintenance of Your Blue Canaries

Early this year, my hazmat response unit was dispatched with local law enforcement to a postal facility for an intentional release of an unknown white powder. Law enforcement arrived on scene first and, per their protocols, began an investigation. During this investigation, an officer was inadvertently exposed to the powder and began to exhibit symptoms. Once my unit arrived on scene, decontamination (decon) for the officer was a top priority. As we coordinated decon however, we realized the local law enforcement agency had no protocols regarding decontamination of their personnel and equipment. The resulting confusion caused delay in decon which in turn delayed transport to a healthcare facility.

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Risk-Based Decontamination: No, That’s Not a Typographical Error

All hazardous materials response personnel trained to the technician level and above should be well versed in the concept of risk-based response, as it is a concept that has been prevalent in use in the hazmat response world and in our training curricula for many years now.

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In Living Color? The Colorful and Confusing Thermal Imaging Fire Service Color Palette World

Firefighters who use thermal imaging cameras (TIC) may have noticed that there are numerous color palettes and color temperature associations with fire service thermal imaging cameras. But have we considered what these color palettes are specifically used for? And how much training has been invested in properly educating firefighters in regard to properly interpreting this information?

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5 There is a legal standard that is often applied in the context of operating an emergency vehicle and that is due _____ which is defined as “giving fair consideration to and sufficient attention to all the facts.”

9“Low angle” rescue evolutions are those revolutions that are basically performed upon _____ less than vertical, ranging from 15 degrees up to about 67.5 degrees.

10Just-in-time training provides “_____-education” on specific topics shortly before they get used; this type of training accommodates for the fact that people forget what they learn pretty quickly..

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Changes to Be Celebrated

The most rewarding aspect of my job is when the light bulb goes off for someone and they make changes that improve the quality of their lives. Marshall Morehead from Walterboro City Fire is one of those people. Here is a summary of his improvements due to lifestyle changes including diet and High Intensity Interval Training

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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 the other rescues that will confront us.

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Welcome to the Carolina Fire Rescue EMS Journal! We want to provide you with timely online information and breaking news that best equips you to meet today’s emergency challenges. Among our firefighting articles, you will find the latest in firefighter technology, firefighter training, leadership development and the newest products and services presented in an “Act Now” user friendly format.  We want to be your best online source for the fire and rescue information, resources and reviews you need.
 
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Stewart Simmons Volunteer Fire Dept.

Stewart Simmons Volunteer Fire Dept.

2019 Anchor-Richey EVS Transverse Flatbed Brush Truck w/RAM 5500 chassis, diesel engine, Hale auxiliary gas-powered pump w/Vanguard Briggs & Stratton engine, 300 gal. UPF tank, foam system, winch system, extendable scene lights, graphics, etc.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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E.M. Holt Fire Department

E.M. Holt Fire Department

Remounted customer’s existing body onto a 2021 M2 106 Freightliner chassis with Cummins L9 350 EV HP engine, graphics package, OnSpot chains, Warning, Scene and DOT lights updates.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Alamance Community Fire Dept.

Alamance Community Fire Dept.

Rosebauer Custom Tanker w/FX body, Rosenbauer Commander chassis, Cummins 450 HP engine, 1250 GPM Waterous pump, 2000 gal. UPF tank, Zico electric drop tank, 5” front suction.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Belfast-Rosedale VFD

Belfast-Rosedale VFD

Rosenbauer FX Top Mount Pumper with Freightliner M2 106 chassis, 350 HP engine, 1250 GPM Hale pump, 1000/20 gal. UPF tank, Fire Research Evolution II scene lighting package.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Bunn Rural Fire Department

Bunn Rural Fire Department

Rosenbauer FX Side Mount Pumper w/Rosenbauer Commander chassis, 450 HP engine, 1250 GPM Hale pump, 1000/20 UPF tank, 54” long cab, IMMI RollTek with air bags.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Chocowinity Fire Department

Chocowinity Fire Department

Rosenbauer Commander Top Mount Custom Pumper w/Cummins 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale pump, 1500 gal. UPF tank, electric 10” Newton dump with swivel chutes.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Cove City Fire and Rescue

Cove City Fire and Rescue

2019 PL Custom Emergency Vehicle 170” Classic, Type 1 Ambulance w/Ford F550 chassis, 6.7L diesel engine, super cool centrally ducted HVAC climate control system.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Garysburg Volunteer Fire Dept.

Garysburg Volunteer Fire Dept.

Rosenbauer FX Custom Top Mount Pumper w/Rosenbauer Commander chassis, Cummins 450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale pump, 1000/30 gal. UPF tank, FRC brow and telescoping scene lights.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Granville Rural FD

Granville Rural FD

Rosenbauer FX Side Mount Pumper w/International HV607 chassis, 350 HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale pump, 1250 gal. UPF tank, 10kW Smart Power generator, two booster reels.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Jonathan Creek Fire and Rescue

Jonathan Creek Fire and Rescue

Rosenbauer FX Top Mount Pumper w/International HV607 chassis, 400 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, 4x4 chassis, Command Light Knight Series light tower.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Dept.

Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Dept.

Rosenbauer CRT Custom Side Mount Pumper w/ Rosenbauer Warrior chassis, Cummins 450 HP engine, 1500 Taerous pump, 1000/20 UPF tank, 304 stainless steel body, FireTech HiVix headlight.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Triplet Volunteer Fire Dept.

Triplet Volunteer Fire Dept.

Rosenbauer Maverick Pumper/Tanker w/FL M2106 four door chassis, 350 HP engine, 1250 GPM Hale pump and roll pump, 2000/20 gal. UPF tank, Rosenbauer EZ climb ladder at rear.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Wake Forest Fire Department

Wake Forest Fire Department

2019 Rosenbauer FX Custom Side Mount Pumper w/Rosenbauer Commander chassis, Cummins L9w/450 HP engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 1000/20 UPF tank,4 front airbags.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Denton Volunteer Fire Department

Denton Volunteer Fire Department

2019 Rosenbauer FX Top Mount Custom Pumper w/1500 GPM Hale pump, 1000/20 UPF tank, Rosenbauer Commander chassis, Newton 10” Quick Dump with dual electric operated controls.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Co.

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Salisbury Fire Department

Salisbury Fire Department

Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Cummins X12, 500 HP, 1695 lb-ft, Hale QMAX-XS-200, 2000 GPM single stage pump, 750 gal. water tank, New York Style hose bed, 44,000 lb. GVWR.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Pineville Fire Department

Pineville Fire Department

Pierce Arrow XT Ascendant 100’ tower, DDC DD13 525 HP 1850 lb-ft, Waterous CMU 2000 GPM two stage pump, 300 gal. water tank, Oshkosh TAK-4 front suspension, 78,000 lb. GVWR.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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North Lenoir Fire Department

North Lenoir Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/DDC DD13 525 HP 1850 lb-ft, Oshkosh TAK-4 front suspension, 22” extended front bumper, Waterous CSU 1500 GPM single stage pump, 750 gal. water tank.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Cleveland County Fire Department

Cleveland County Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper PUC w/Cummins L9 450 HP, 1250 lb-ft, engine, Pierce 1500 GPM single stage pump, 750 gal. water tank, Oshkosh TAK-4 front suspension, 56,300 lb. GVWR.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Enka Candler Fire and Rescue Dept.

Enka Candler Fire and Rescue Dept.

Pierce Enforcer 107’ Aerial Tandem w/DDC DD13 525 HP 1850 lb-ft engine, Oshkosh TAK-4 front suspension, 16” extended under slung bumper, QMAX-XS-200 GPM single Stage pump.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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South Mills Fire Department

South Mills Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Heavy Duty Rescue, DDC DD13, 525 HP 1850 lb-ft engine, 22” extended front bumper, 84” cab w/10” raised roof, Waterous CSU 1500 GPM single stage pump.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Conover Fire Department

Conover Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9, 450 HP 1250 lb-ft engine, 70” cab w/10” raised roof, 26” extended bumper, Waterous CSU 1500 GPM single stage pump, Husky 12 single agent foam system.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Taylors Bridge Fire Department

Taylors Bridge Fire Department

Pierce Saber FR Pumper w/Cummins L9, 450 HP 1250 lb-ft engine, Waterous CSU 1500 GPM single stage pump, 1000 gal. water tank, 19” extended front bumper, 47,000 lb. GVWR.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Clinton Fire Department

Clinton Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9, 450 HP, 1250 lb-ft engine, 70” cab, Hale QMAX-150 1500 GPM single stage pump, 1000 gal. water tank, New York style hose bed.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Raleigh Fire Department

Raleigh Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper Cummins L9 450 HP 1250 lb-ft, 70” cab w/10” raised roof, Waterous CSU 1500 GPM single stage pump, 500 gal. water tank, 48” control zone side control pump house.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Raleigh Fire Department #2

Raleigh Fire Department #2

Pierce Enforcer Pumper Cummins L9 450 HP 1250 lb-ft, 70” cab w/10” raised roof, Waterous CSU 1500 GPM single stage pump, 500 gal. water tank, 48” control zone side control pump house.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Wake County Fire Department

Wake County Fire Department

Pierce Impel Pumper w/Cummins L9 450 HP 1250 lb-ft engine, 70” cab, Waterous CSU 1500 GPM single stage pump, 1000 gal. water tank, 52” control zone side control pump house.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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