CFJ Issue 35.2 Fall 2020

The Role of EMS During the Pandemic

The last six months have not been easy. I am continually amazed by the exceptional job being done by EMS. Without the wonderful work carried out by prehospital providers the pandemic would be much worse. There are a few areas I want to touch on with this column. The first topic is the importance of wearing masks, second is the importance of serving as a force multiplier for Public Health with the COVID-19 response, third is the use of ketamine by EMS.

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Resilience — An Essential Part of the Public Safety Professional

Each day that we put on our uniform and report for duty, we know that we are likely to face challenges and adversity. While this fact is what drew us to our chosen profession, we must remain personally and situationally aware of the effects on our minds and bodies. We must utilize resilience for us to “bounce back” from difficult situations.

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CAAS and CAMTS Accreditation: How USP Good Distribution Practices Come Into Play

The business of emergency medical services is all about saving lives. That includes having the best-trained staff and most current technology and equipment to ensure both the fastest response times and the best patient outcomes. 

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GROOM Generations in the Workforce

In previous articles we have identified the different generations that are either entering or are currently in the workforce of their chosen field. In the fire service, we are going to look at the newest generation and how do we overcome the challenges that are rumored about the group within the ages of 16 and 21 years of age. This group is identified as Generation Z and it covers years 1997 to 2012.

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Relevant Tags: Recruiting & Retention

The POWER of Reading the Instructions

It may come as a surprise but the majority of firefighters have not read a very important document in regard to their personal safety.

 

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The Incident Commander: A Prestigious, but Potentially Painful Proposition

We’ve spent the last year examining the Incident Management Organizational Structure. This structure includes the Command Staff (Safety Officer, Liaison Officer, and Public Information Officer) who keep the Incident Commander (IC) smart. We also examined the Incident Management General Staff (Operations Chief, Planning Chief, Logistics Chief, and Finance/Administration Chief) who keep the IC sane.

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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks:

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].

Since mid-March most of us have been in some state of lock-down as our country and our communities try to find a way to wrangle this deadly virus to the ground. This has caused many of us to work from home, or to work from company offices, now allowing only a few essential workers to come to work to keep infection transmissions to a minimum. Forced to adapt to a new digital world has been a challenge as we have had to learn conferencing technology such as Zoom, WebEx, Teams and other platforms to communicate and collaborate with fellow workers. 

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Don’t Order the T-Shirts Chief... and Other Time Management Ideas

The fire department leaders I work with fight many battles on and off the fire ground. One that comes up most often is the battle with the clock. I frequently hear comments like, “I am always up until midnight getting my reports done,” or “I can’t get away from my computer long enough to visit my stations.”

Most of us like to be busy. It keeps us engaged, moving and our skills sharp.

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Relevant Tags: Crisis Management

Plan For Your Retirement and Save More

The road to retirement is long and the process of preparing for retirement is long-term, requiring an unwavering commitment. Saving for retirement can be challenging in any given year, but this year has delivered a mountain of uncertainty, inspired lessons in patience and driven us to refocus attention and prioritize efficiencies.

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Relevant Tags: News From the N.C. State Treasurer

Leadership: The Fundamentals

(Writers Note: This is hopefully the first of a series of articles focused on leadership in the fire service. It is directed more for the volunteer side, but certain principals can be applied to the career side as well.)

Through my travels over the past couple years I have been lucky to have been able to visit multiple fire departments and learn more about how they operate, their successes, and unfortunately some failures or weaknesses — we all have them! 

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Greenville City Fire Department

Department Name: Greenville City Fire Department 
County: Greenville
Type Department: Career
Structure: Municipality
ISO: Class 1
Number of Stations: 7

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Weaverville Fire Department

Department Name: Weaverville Fire Department

County: Buncombe

Type Department: Career

Structure: Municipal Department covering town limits and a county contract area around the town

ISO: 4/5

Number of Stations: 1

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Managing the Active Shooter Attack or Hostile Incident

In November 2015 the world watched helplessly while nine terrorists executed the deadliest attack on France, since the second world war. The attack took the lives of 130 people while injuring another 413. This would later be described as a terrorist initiated “complex coordinated attack” or CCA. While the majority of first responders working in suburban and rural areas are unlikely to experience an attack of this complexity, we shouldn’t be complacent to the possibility that a well planned and executed attack anywhere in the United States, could quickly become complex in regards to your immediate resources. In this article we are going to discuss some of the concepts to help you prepare to manage the basic to complex hostile incident.

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Firefighting Foam and Cancer

Recently filed lawsuits suggest that carcinogens contained within the commonly used aqueous film-forming foams (also known as “AFFF”) may be a cause of heightened levels of cancer within the firefighting community. According to the International Association of Fire Fighters, during the 15-year period from 2002 to 2017, cancer caused 61 percent of career firefighter line-of-duty deaths. 

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Planning for the Unplanned: The Construction Contingency Allowance

A contingency is a future event or circumstance which is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty. That definition provides apt expectation regarding the Construction Contingency Allowance (CCA). 

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Can the COLORS of a Stationhouse Affect Mental and Physical Well-Being?

(This is part one of a two-part series.)

Physical health and safety have recently come to the forefront of fire station design, but very little design consideration is given to mental well-being. 

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The Rescuers: A Tribute to the Men and Women Who Make a Difference

Calendar year 2020 has been a rescuer’s challenge for extremes, from natural disasters, floods, massive forest fires, COVID 19 and all of its ramifications, over 20 named storms and hurricanes to date and the list goes on and on. Some folks begin to think in terms of apocalyptic epic disasters, and maybe they’re right. Two hundred thousand deaths from an organism one-billionth the size of a human body, extensive unemployment and business failures, people wondering where their next paycheck will come from, if they can keep their homes, pay utilities and bills, somehow keep their children in school — yet continue to be a rescuer.

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LOW Angle Rescue

Many fire departments today are compelled to offer rope rescue capabilities to the communities they serve. This is a challenging task for any department. Staying current with techniques and technology, developing and maintaining proficiency as a team and individuals, and budgeting for the cost associated with high performance, pose significant obstacles to overcome. If you find yourself struggling with developing these capabilities, a great starting point can be low angle rescue systems. 

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Ear Injuries from Public Safety Diving

Ear problems are the most common reported Public Safety Diving injury. Public Safety Divers as a rule don’t often dive as deep as their commercial and recreational counterparts, so most don’t ever consider just how dangerous it can be. 

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How to Become The ‘Wolf of Aggressive Fire Ground Tactics’

Leonardo Dicaprio starred in the 2013 movie “The Wolf of Wall Street” where he played a very aggressive stockbroker that had an uncanny ability to motivate people. There is one scene where he is addressing his entire office and he has their complete attention. 

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Relevant Tags: Fire Ground Tactics

Rapid Intervention on a Hazardous Materials Incident

As a firefighter, you have undoubtably practiced rapid intervention techniques and scenarios. This practice may have come through evolutions around the firehouse or company drills at your training center or at an acquired structure. Articles and videos on the subject are plentiful. Have you considered the possibility that you may have to perform a rapid intervention on a hazardous materials incident? If not, the time is now.

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The DOT Hazardous Materials Table:

It is always exciting to start a new class of hazmat technicians out on their first day of class. After the introductions and the student thoughts of “What did I get myself into?” and “There is no way we can go through all of the material in this book in two weeks,” we settle down into the building blocks of hazmat response — regulations.

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Relevant Tags: Hazmat 2020

A New Public Safety Drone Waiver

This July at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Virtual UAS Symposium, the FAA announced a new waiver for public safety. This new waiver is called the First Responder Tactical Beyond Visual Line of Sight (TBVLOS) Waiver. 

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Billy Graham Chaplains Serving Amid Napa Valley Fires

As California battles its second-largest wildfire in the state’s history, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) has crisis-trained chaplains serving communities in Napa Valley.

Among the hundreds of fires currently blazing in the Golden State, one of the largest active fires is called the LNU Lightning Complex. The inferno, which started on August 17, has caused at least five deaths and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings in Northern California.

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It Might be Time to Have Another Discussion on the Future of USFA

Anyone who knows the history of the United States Fire Administration understands that its genesis goes back to the advocacy of the Joint Council of Fire Service Organizations, and more specifically, the efforts of the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control that published a landmark report called “America Burning.” Through “America Burning,” the Commission proposed a federal-level agency that would provide leadership in the areas of training, data collection, research, and education for the fire service.

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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. This issue I want to highlight James M. Segroves, Planning Captain, Lexington County EMS. James is someone that has always had a positive attitude and worked hard to make changes. He was already on that journey when I meet him. Below is a summary of the changes I have seen because of his attitude and perseverance.

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9 As COVID has rapidly evolved, the SCEMSA has been actively working to support its members and advocate for both EMS agencies and field ______ providers.

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Upper Hominy Vol. Fire & Rescue, Inc.

Upper Hominy Vol. Fire & Rescue, Inc.

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Mooresville Fire and Rescue

Mooresville Fire and Rescue

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Icard Township Fire and Rescue

Icard Township Fire and Rescue

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9, 450 hp 1250 lb-ft engine, Waterous CSU 1500 GPM Single stage pump, 1,000 gal. poly water tank, Akron 3431 Hi-Riser Monitor.

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Currituck County Fire & EMS

Currituck County Fire & EMS

Pierce Saber FR Pumper w/Cummins L9, 380 hp, 1150 lb-ft engine, Waterous CS 1250 GPM single stage pump, 1000 gal. poly tank, 19” extended bumper, side roll and frontal impact protection.

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Fayetteville Fire Department

Fayetteville Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9 hp, 1250 lb-ft engine, Waterous CSU 1500 GPM single stage pump, 1000 gal. poly tank, Hi-Viz LED lighting, side roll and front impact protection.

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Harmony Volunteer Fire Department

Harmony Volunteer Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9 450 hp, 1250 lb-ft engine, Hale QMAX-150 1500 GPM single stage pump, 1000 gal. poly water tank, TAK-4 suspension, 50,500 lb GVWR.

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West Buncome Fire Department

West Buncome Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/DDC DD13, 525 hp, 1850 lb-ft engine, DDC DD13 525 hp 1850 lb-ft engine, Waterous CSU 1500 single stage pump, 750 gal. poly tank, 22” extended bumper.

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Whiteville Fire Department

Whiteville Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9, 450 hp, 1250 lb-ft engine, Waterous CSU 2000 GPM single stage pump, 750 gal. poly water tank, aluminum “New York Style” hose bed.

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Whitsett Fire Department

Whitsett Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins X12, 500 hp, 1695 lb-ft engine, Hale QMAX-200 2000 GPM single stage pump, 1000 gal. poly water tank, Akron 3423 monitor.

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City of Greenville Fire and EMS

City of Greenville Fire and EMS

Pierce Impel Pumper w/Cummins L9, 450 hp, 1250 lb-ft engine, Waterous CSU 1500 GPM Single stage pump, 500 gal. poly water tank, aluminum “New York Style” hose bed.

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Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department

Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department

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Concord Fire Department

Concord Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9, 450 hp, 1250 lb-ft engine, Waterous CSU 2000 GPM single stage pump, 750 gal. poly tank, TAK-4 front suspension, 19” extended front bumper.

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Roaring River Volunteer Fire Department

Roaring River Volunteer Fire Department

2021 Anchor-Richey EVS dry side tanker w/ Freightliner Cummins L9 chassis, 2,000 gallon UPF poly tank, 750 GPM Hale Side Kick PTO pump, Quick Lift drop tank compartment, Rearview camera system, Kussmaul battery charging system, & directional bar light.

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Belvidere Chappell Hill Vol. Fire Company

Belvidere Chappell Hill Vol. Fire Company

Skeeter International Type 3 Wildland vehicle with custom steel HD bumper and grill guard, Hale aux diesel Kubota pump, Warn 9,500 lb. winch, 1,250 gal. poly tank.

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Beaufort Fire Department

Beaufort Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer 107’ HD Aerial Tandem w/DDC DD13, 525 hp, 1850 lb-ft engine, 66,800 GVWR, Oshkosh TAK-4 front suspension, side roll and front impact protection, Hi-Viz LED lighting.

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Lake Norman Fire and Rescue

Lake Norman Fire and Rescue

Pierce Arrow XT Ascendant HD Tower w/DDC DD13, 525 hp, 1850 lb-ft engine, Oshkosh TAK-4 front suspension, 76,000 lb. GVWR, 15” extended bumper, Waterous 2000 GPM single stage pump.

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Town of Unionville Fire Department

Town of Unionville Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L8, 450 hp, 1250 lb.-ft engine, 26” extended bumper, Waterous CMU 1500 GPM two stage, 1,000 gal. poly water tank, Hi-Vis LED lighting.

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Wilmington Fire Department

Wilmington Fire Department

Pierce Impel Pumper w/Cummins L9, 450 hp, 1250 lb-ft engine, 19” extended front bumper, Waterous CSU 1750 GPM single stage pump, 500 gal. poly tank, side roll/frontal impact protection.

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Archer Lodge Fire Department

Archer Lodge Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9, 450 hp, 1250 lb-ft engine, Hale QMAX-150 1500 GPM single stage pump, 1000 gal. poly tank, Husky 3 single agent foam system w/20 gal. cell.

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