CFJ 35.3 Winter 2021

Protecting Our Most Valuable Asset: Occupational Safety and Your Hazmat Team

There should be no argument that the most valuable asset that our hazmat teams have is our personnel.  To look after the safety and well-being of our hazmat team personnel is not only first and foremost a moral imperative, but also is required by regulatory standards. 

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The Entry Briefing

The Entry Briefing is a crucial part of any hazardous materials incident. It must be conducted prior to the first Entry Team making access into the Hot Zone. Other tasks may have begun prior to the Entry Briefing (reconnaissance, evacuation, chemical research, etc.), but the Entry Briefing is the real beginning of any offensive tactics to be undertaken during the incident. 

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Both Sides Now

Once again, I am showing my age! In 1966, Joni Mitchell released a song called “Both Sides Now.” It later won a Grammy for best arrangement and instruments and vocals. It was later recorded by Anne Murray and Neil Diamond with success.

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Relevant Tags: Barnyard Management

The Necessity of Drones in the Fire Service and Public Safety

In 2015, I wrote my first article in “Firehouse Magazine” about drones in the fire service. I recall identifying three major categories of potential use and perhaps four more possibilities. While I was right in my predictions of the seven use cases, I never imagined that five years later, use cases in public safety would increase exponentially.

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Setting Up a DFR Program Successfully

Although the concept of using a drone as a first responder (DFR) originated within law enforcement and has seen significant success there, the application of drones as first responders has considerable potential within fire rescue. In 2019, the Chula Vista Police Department (CFPD) became one of the first public safety agencies to deploy the drone as a first responder concept.

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Ending the Pandemic by Vaccination

(Editor’s note: This column was written before Pfizer began shipping the vaccine on Dec. 14.)

The purpose of this column is to briefly describe the process vaccines must go through to prove they are safe and effective. I also want to emphasize how important vaccination will be to end this pandemic. There must be widespread vaccination for our society to return back to normal. We are now in the middle of the biggest public health crisis since 1918. The entire healthcare system and especially prehospital providers have been under great strain. The only way to end the pandemic is by vaccination. The process of vaccine development and administration has a long and proven track record of safety in our country. Vaccine development and administration is something that the United States is very good at.

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Teamwork DEFINED

For this article, I have a few questions for you to ponder and answer on your own. Once you do that, I hope you can utilize your answers to help foster an improved environment of teamwork. First, do you belong to a team and if so, what team is it? 

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A New Administration and Congress: It’s Time to Introduce Ourselves

Now that we have elected a new president, the question is if he will be a strong supporter of the fire and emergency services.  The answer is quite apparent.  Yes, Joe Biden will support the fire service as he has throughout his political career.  

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Relevant Tags: Update from Capitol Hill

Generational Mentorship

Today’s workforce is already a complicated and multi-generational challenge. If you are a Baby Boomer and looking to develop your staff, are you ready for the challenge of ‘change’?

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Relevant Tags: Recruiting & Retention

The Art of Rescuing Victims

In the water-based environment, we find ourselves operating in a space that is truly fluid. Evolving, changing, reactive, dynamic. This is not dissimilar to the fire environment. Structural presentation, building integrity and construction style, smoke and fire behavior. 

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Relevant Tags: Water Rescue

Agricultural Equipment Rescues

Rescue Instructors occasionally have the pleasure of teaching a class of exceptional quality and fun, the fulfillment of seeing the rescue students really “get into the class.” I experienced those feelings this past October while teaching the TR-Machinery and Agricultural Rescue certification class locally. 

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Leadership: Our Biggest Failures

(This is the second in 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.) Click to read.

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2020 Hindsight Will Never Sound the Same

Another year has passed and for many of us it was a year of defining experiences. The COVID-19 pandemic affected us all in one way or another. The health crisis quickly turned into an economic crisis. 

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

The 7 Qualities Fire Service Leaders Must Possess — Courtesy

(This is part five 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. 

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Slow Year for PIO

Make no mistake – the year 2020 was a crazy, tough, chaotic year for many. It was a year that will go on record as one if not the most memorable years ever. A chaotic year full of contradictions, surprises and unusual events. 

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Here’s Hoping 2021 is More Joyous for you than 2020

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].

 

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Relevant Tags: Ask Mr Bill

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

Part one of this series emphasized the need to consider the physical and mental well-being of the first responder when designing the fire station. One aspect of design that is lacking or misunderstood is the human response to color in the architectural space. 

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Relevant Tags: The Station House

Don’t Get Lost in the Smoke: Navigating the Maze of Designing Your New Fire Station

While certainly exciting, the idea of starting a new construction project, and particularly one as complicated as a public safety facility, can often cause as much anxiety and tension as losing your path in a training maze. 

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Working with a Design-Build Firm on Your First Project

There are a few modern ways to perform the art of building your new fire station.  Currently, the one that has made major waves within the industry is working with a Design-Build firm on a [email protected] Risk project or a traditional cost sharing Design-Build project.  

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Firefighter Behavioral Health — A Five Alarm Fire

You are likely reading this after the year 2020 has concluded and I’m sure you would agree with me that we would really like a do-over.  The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our response operations, logistical requirements, planning objectives and the world as we know it.  

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Relevant Tags: Feature

Skyland Fire and Rescue

Department Name: Skyland Fire & Rescue

County: Buncombe

Type Department: Combination

ISO: 3

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Relevant Tags: North Carolina Fire Station Profile

Spartanburg Fire Department

Department Name: Spartanburg Fire Department

County: Spartanburg

Type Department: Career

Structure: Municipality

ISO: 1

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Relevant Tags: South Carolina Fire Station Profile

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3 Building _____ may be the most important component to the pre-planning of a hostile incident

7 Among Public Safety Divers the most commonly reported injuries are _____ problems.

9 Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) exposure to has been linked to an increased risk of contracting many different types of ______.

10 This substance has the highest thermal conductivity of any (with the exception of helium and ammonia) which allows heat to be transferred to human flesh faster than dry skin.

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Robinson Volunteer Fire Department

Robinson Volunteer Fire Department

2020 Ford F550 Super Duty Custom Flatbed Brush Truck, Diesel engine, Waterous E511-C with Kubota Engine 24.8 HP pump, 400 gallon UFP tank, Custom extended front bumper, Akron Front Forestry Monitor System, Pump and Roll, Winch system, Extendable Scene Light.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS, Inc.

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East Rivanna Fire Company

East Rivanna Fire Company

Pierce Velocity Pumper PUC w/DDC DD13, 525 HP, 1950 lb-ft engine, 50,000 lb. GVWR, TAK-4 front suspension, Pierce 1500 GPM single stage pump, 22” extended bumper.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Earlysville Volunteer Fire Co.

Earlysville Volunteer Fire Co.

Pierce Velocity Pumper PUC w/DDC DD13, 1850 lb-ft engine, TAK-4 front suspension, 12,000 lb. front fixed Warn winch, side roll and frontal impact protection, Pierce 1500 GPM single stage pump.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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City of Manassas Volunteer Fire Company

City of Manassas Volunteer Fire Company

Pierce Arrow XT Ascendant 100’ Aerial Tower w/DDC DD13, 525 HP, 1850 lb-ft engine, 76,000 lb. GVWR, TAK-4 front suspension, FireTech HiVix LED lighting, seating for five.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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New Hanover County Fire - Rescue

New Hanover County Fire - Rescue

Pierce Enforcer Heavy Duty Rescue w/Cummins L9, 450 HP,1250 lb.-ft engine, Oshkosh TAK-4 front suspension, Allison 5th Gen, 3000 EVS P w/Prognostics, 46,500 lb GVWR, non walk-in.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Town of Cary Fire Department

Town of Cary Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Tractor Drawn Aerial w/DDC DD13, 525 HP, 1850 lb-ft engine, Oshkosh TAK-4 front suspension, FireTech HiViz LED lighting, Waterous S100 1500 GPM single stage pump.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Christiansburg Fire Department

Christiansburg Fire Department

Pierce Velocity Ascendant 100’ Aerial Tower w/Cummins X15, 600 HP, 1850 lb-ft engine, Oshkosh TAK-4 front suspension, Waterous S100 2000 GPM single stage pump, 36” side control pump house.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Greenville Fire/Rescue Department

Greenville Fire/Rescue Department

Pierce Velocity Tiller w/Cummins X15, 600 HP, 1850 lb-ft engine, Waterous S100 1500 GPM single stage pump, 40” Tiller pump house, Oshkosh TAK-4 front suspension, 60” cab w/10” raised roof.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Augusta County Fire - Rescue

Augusta County Fire - Rescue

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/Cummins L9, 450 HP, 1250 lb-ft engine, Hale QMAX-200 GPM single stage pump, 45” side control pump house, 19” extended “Chicago” style front bumper, 70” cab.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Boger City Fire Department

Boger City Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Pumper w/DDC DD13, 525 HP, 1850 lb-ft engine, Waterous CSU 2000 GPM single stage pump, 52” side control pump house, 1000 gal. poly tank, 26” extended bumper.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Amelia Volunteer Fire Dept.

Amelia Volunteer Fire Dept.

Rosenbauer FX, Ford F550 4x4 two door chassis, Harrison 25kW 81,283,074 generator, Command Light “Shadow” light tower, Bauer breathing air fill station, (2) Hannay electrical cord reels.

Provided By C. W. Williams

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Bladenboro Fire Dept.

Bladenboro Fire Dept.

Rosenbauer “Maverick” 350hp engine, Freightliner M2 106 chassis, Hale 1500 GPM pump, Newton 10” Dump,  electric Zico Quic-Lift drop tank rack.

Provided By C. W. Williams

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Lilesville Fire Department

Lilesville Fire Department

Rescue 1 Heavy Rescue 20’ Walk-Around with Spartan Metro Star Chassis, Cummins L9 with 450 HP engine, Weldon Multiplex Electrical System with Vista Touchscreen Display, 2 Bank SpaceSaver Cascade Fill Station System.

Provided By C. W. Williams

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Millingport Volunteer Fire Dept.

Millingport Volunteer Fire Dept.

Rosenbauer “Maverick” Side Mount Pumper/Tanker, Waterous with Pump & Roll 1,250 GPM pump, Harrision 10kW 81,283,074 generator, Command Light light tower.

Provided By C. W. Williams

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North Chatham Fire  and Rescue

North Chatham Fire and Rescue

Rosenbauer “Cobra” Rosenbauer w/ Cummins XL15 600hp  engine, and a “Commander” chassis, Waterous 2,000 GPM pump, IMMI RollTek System.

Provided By C. W. Williams

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Nutrien Auroa Phosphate

Nutrien Auroa Phosphate

PL Custom Ambulance Type 1 on a Dodge Ram 4500 4X4 chassis, “Super” insulation package, Vanner 1050W inverter, Auxillary HVAC with digital controls.

Provided By C. W. Williams

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Pearce’s Mill Fire Dept.

Pearce’s Mill Fire Dept.

Rosenbauer MP# Custom Side Mount Pumper w/ Cummins 450hp engine, Waterous CSU 1500 GPM pump, Newton 10” electric quick dump, Hannay booster reel.

Provided By C. W. Williams

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Pitt County Emergency Management

Pitt County Emergency Management

PL Custom Type III Medallion Ambulance, Ford E-450 Super Duty chassis, “Medic-in Mind” body layout, Super insulation package, flat seam upholstery, Super Cool climate control, Stryker Performance PowerLOAD mounts.

Provided By C. W. Williams

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Pantego Volunteer Fire Dept.

Pantego Volunteer Fire Dept.

Rosenbauer FX Commercial Top Mount Pumper w/ 350hp engine, Freightliner M2 106 chassis, Newton 10” dump with swivel chute, plumbed hose well in extended front bumper., internal storage for drop tank.

Provided By C. W. Williams

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Colfax Volunteer Fire Dept.

Colfax Volunteer Fire Dept.

2020 Rosenbauer FX, Rosenbauer Commander Chasis, w/ Cummins 450hp engine, Waterous CSU 1500 GPM pump, Three (3) 10” Newton quick dumps, HiViz, Insta-Chain automatic tire chains.

Provided By C. W. Williams

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Forest City FD

Forest City FD

2020 Rosenbauer King Cobra w/ Cummins engine, and a “Commander” chassis, Waterous 2,000 GPM pump, “Green Star” Idle reduction system, “Smart” aerial controls, self leveling platform.

Provided By C. W. Williams

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Green Spring Volunteer Fire Dept.

Green Spring Volunteer Fire Dept.

Rescue 1 Light Duty Rescue with Cummins engine and a Dodge 5500, 4 door chassis, Body Lifetime Structural warranty, Weldon V-MUX with Vists screen, locking roll up doors.

Provided By C. W. Williams

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City of Asheville Fire Department

City of Asheville Fire Department

KME 103’ Tuff Truck w/ Cummins X12 engine, Hale Q-Max XS 1500 GSM pump, 12’ Jack Stance, 227” Wheelbase, Tapered Rear Body Edges, Pull Down Ladder, 500lb Tip Load Wet or Dry.

Provided By Safe Industries

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Boiling Springs Fire Department

Boiling Springs Fire Department

FES Tanker, Freightliner M2 112 w/ Cummins L9/450HP engine, Waterous CX 1250 GPM pump, Zico Two Arm Hydraulic Portable Tank Storage, Hiviz Scene Light Package.

Provided By Safe Industries

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C & B Fire Department

C & B Fire Department

FES pumper/tanker, International HV-607, Cummins L9/450 HP engine, Hale Q-Max 2,000 GSM pump, FRC InView 360 video system, Akron electric deck gun and bumper turret.

Provided By Safe Industries

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C & B Fire Department

C & B Fire Department

E-ONE Typhoon / Rescue-Pumper w/ Cummins L9/450HP engine, Hale Q-Max; Single Stage pump, HiViz scene lighting, Through-the-tank ladder storage with full-heigth/full-depth compartments.

Provided By Safe Industries

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Isle of Palms Fire Department

Isle of Palms Fire Department

E-One 75’ Aerial Typhoon custom cab, Cummins L9/450HP engine, Hale Q-Max 1,500 GPM pump, Stainless steel body, high-water feature to increse the vehicle’s water fording capabilities.

Provided By Safe Industries

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North Spartanburg Fire District

North Spartanburg Fire District

E-ONE Typhoon Custom Low Hose Bed Engine w/ Cummins L9/450HP engine, Firetech Scene, Compartment, and underbody lights, Whelen Warning light package.

Provided By Safe Industries

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Nags Head Fire & Rescue

Nags Head Fire & Rescue

KME Predator Custom Pumper w/ Cummins engine, Hale QMAX 1,500 GPM pump, 750 Gallon Tank, 42” Wide Lowered Hosebed with Full Depth Compartments on Driver Side.

Provided By Safe Industries

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City of Waynesville, Saunook Fire District

City of Waynesville, Saunook Fire District

KME F550 Mini Pumper on a Ford F550 chassis, Hale DSD 1,250 GPM pump, Preconnected 2.5” Auxiliary Suction in Officer Side Hosebed.

Provided By Safe Industries

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Surfside Beach Fire Department

Surfside Beach Fire Department

Ferrara Custom Rescue Pumper, Model Cinder MVP, Cummins L9/450HP engine, Cinder cab, Blackout F-Shield package with Red F-Shield on Upper Body Side Sheets.

Provided By Safe Industries

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Wade Hampton Fire Department

Wade Hampton Fire Department

Ferrara Ladder Truck HS-77 with Cinder Cab, Cummins L9/450HP engine, Hale Q-Max  1,750 GSM pump, HiViz Light package.

Provided By Safe Industries

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Walhalla Fire Department

Walhalla Fire Department

FES side mount pumper, Freightliner M2 106/ Rescue Pumper Body, Cummins L9/350HP engine, Class One 2.1a Foam System, Backboard Storage in Ladder Bank.

Provided By Safe Industries

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West Johnston Fire Department

West Johnston Fire Department

KME Predator Pumper, w/ Cummins X12 500 engine, Hale QMAX-150 1,500 GSM pump, Wil-Burt Nightscan Light Tower, 10k Onan Generator.

Provided By Safe Industries

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