CFJ 35.4 Spring 2021

Vehicle Extrication: Side Lifts

You arrive on scene to find a passenger vehicle on its side with victims trapped partially under the vehicle. In my opinion, this is one of the most precarious lifting sequences we perform and it can have dire consequences for the victims if we approach it the wrong way. I say this because I have done it the wrong way. Early in my career, I had two calls within a few months of one another that involved this scenario. I attacked both of them with the wrong approach and neither event went the way I would have hoped. Both vehicles were sedans and came to rest on the driver’s side. I will lay out each event and then discuss the valuable lessons I learned and how I applied those lessons moving forward.

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Have a Little FUN During Rescue Training

While rescue training is serious business, as it should be, it can also be fun, as well as allowing skills to be tested and used in personal and team building capacities. While I do subscribe to “training by the book” to get basic and advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs), there is no reason training cannot be exercised in different, fun ways. 

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The Case for Thermal Imaging Training

In researching and training in the area of thermal imaging we continue to see firefighters failing to either deploy or use their thermal imaging camera (TIC) on the fireground, and/or they are not trained on how to properly use it.

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Relevant Tags: Thermal Imaging

Let’s Try First for Civility

Every four years, candidates for the highest office in the land deliver lofty speeches about what they want to do for this country. In addition to laying out ambitious domestic and foreign agendas, they often promise to bring unity to our political system by reaching across the political aisle and working together to solve our nation’s problems. The operative word in these campaign pledges is unity. 

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Relevant Tags: Update from Capitol Hill

2020 — A Year in Review

Hello, my fellow Carolina Fire-Rescue-EMS Journal readers and followers. We all began 2020 with hopes and dreams for an amazing year. I am sure I speak for us all when I say that a pandemic was not how I wanted to remember my year. However, in true public safety fashion, we all adapted, improvised and overcame obstacles we each faced. 

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Keep Fighting the COVID Battle

We have been battling the COVID pandemic for over a year now. We are all tired and ready for this to be over. We will get to the end of this, and I believe the end is in sight. We cannot, however, lose focus on our priorities or the worst of the pandemic might return. Right now, I think of the pandemic like a forest fire which has almost been put out. 

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Relevant Tags: News from North Carolina EMS

The Case for Vaccinations

Monty Python’s comedic riff on the Bubonic Plague of 1348, which killed 25 million people, made us laugh with its “bring out your dead” memes picturing Londoners heaping corpses into wheelbarrows. Throughout all civilizations, pandemics have been feared and dreaded: Smallpox, Whooping Cough, Spanish Flu, Bubonic Plague, TB, Influenza. Remember the 11 confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States in 2016? 

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GPS Fleet Tracking Expedites Emergency Response, Accountability

When every second counts to save lives, dispatchers must immediately locate the medical, fire/rescue, or police vehicle closest to the emergency and the driver must respond as quickly as possible without getting lost or taking detours.

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EMS Insights - Monitoring Medication & Blood Temperatures

In late 2020, Temptime sponsored a special webinar – “Top Tips for EMS Professionals: Monitoring Medication and Blood Product Temperatures for Better Patient Care and CAAS Accreditation” – that brought leaders in the field together to discuss the why and how of medication monitoring for EMS professionals. 

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Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

We all join the fire department for the love of the job. As rookie firefighters, promotion is often never a thought. You hear guys say, “They’ll never get me off the rig,” or “There is too much paperwork involved with being a captain.” 

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What’s in Your Cell Phone?

A hazardous materials incident is a dynamic, ever changing one. For this reason, the research process is ongoing throughout the incident. For years, the Rule of Three has been used when referring to reference materials used for hazardous materials research. 

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Relevant Tags: Hazmat

Air Monitoring 101

Hazardous materials incidents remain one the most complex calls that the fire service can run. We typically are receiving very limited information and have to use the clues we find on arrival, along with our reconnaissance efforts, to piece together what the problem is. We typically can use our air monitors to assess the severity of the hazardous materials release. 

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Relevant Tags: Hazmat

We Are Not in the Fight Alone - Developing and Maintaining Relationships with Community Partners

When we take an introspective look at our hazmat team in terms of our response capabilities and our preparations for those responses, we often neglect to also evaluate our relationships with external community partners. 

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Relevant Tags: Hazmat 2021

Secure Messaging and Information Sharing

As we continue to navigate COVID, we find ourselves transitioning to a new PIO phase of the pandemic. Vaccination sites are popping up all over the country; with mass vaccination sites in the works as well. Clear, concise communications to your customers and targeted audience is extremely important, especially now. 

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Upgrades Under 1 Percent

During a construction project many clients have a wish list that is a “make or break deal” for them. Some items the client will simply not live without and those are the items I will be certain to include in our Design-Build project budget and amplify during that phase of construction to ensure it is installed properly.

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Relevant Tags: The Station House

Navigating the Building Code Minefield

Every couple of years the building codes for each state are revised to reflect modern building construction and fire safety science. In this article, we will try to make you aware of many of these common issues — to make you aware as you communicate with your design professional, as well as to help prevent an accidental wrong step that might hinder your building project.

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Relevant Tags: The Station House

Experiencing COLOR in the Fire Station

(Note: This is part three of exploring “Can the colors of a station house affect mental and physical well-being?”)

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Should You Refinance Your Home?

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

Zooming Along!

Welcome to the crazy times we now live in. Between 2020 to at least 2021 we have lived in an upside-down world of a pandemic, sickness, death and a world of challenges we never expected. 

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Relevant Tags: Barnyard Management

Town of Kernersville Fire Rescue Dept.

Department Name: Town of Kernersville Fire Rescue Department

County: Forsyth

Type Department: Career

Structure: Municipal Department

ISO: 2

Number of Stations: 4

Number of Apparatus: 8 Pumpers: 6 (4 Frontline, 2 Reserve) Aerials: 1 Specialty: 1

Do you provide EMS? Yes

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Relevant Tags: North Carolina Fire Station Profile

Leadership: How Do We Build Ourselves

(Writers Note: This is the third 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.)

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Relevant Tags: Feature

Funded or Unfunded - It’s all in the Details

The North Carolina Retirement Systems (NCRS) is the ninth-largest public pension fund in the country. It provides retirement benefits and savings for more than 950,000 North Carolinians, including teachers, state employees, local governmental employees, firefighters, police officers and other public workers.

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

Mentoring the Younger Generations

In previous articles we discussed the newer generations and how to incorporate the generational differences into the current expectations in the fire service culture. Mentoring is another optional for the new employee to experience the expectations of a department’s policies.

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Relevant Tags: Recruiting & Retention

Crossword Puzzler

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2 Best Available Control Measures (abbr)

3 Cutting the _______ out of a car is one of those steps that are pretty common to most extrications

5 The most valuable asset that any hazmat teams have is _______.

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It Takes a Village

One of the most important things that the pandemic has taught first responders is that without cooperation among agencies — fire, EMS, police, etc. — it is difficult, if not impossible, to properly serve our communities. The old adage “it takes a village” should be the mantra that emergency response agencies adopt. 

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Relevant Tags: Emergency Planning



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Oak Ridge Fire Department

Oak Ridge Fire Department

2020 Anchor-Richey EVS Transverse Flatbed Brush Truck, 5500 Crew Cab, RAM chassis, Diesel engine, Hale pump with Kubota engine, 300 gal. UPF tank, Elkhart front deluge system, winch system, LED warning light package.

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Williamsburg Fire Department

Williamsburg Fire Department

2021 Refurb M2 106 Conventional Freightliner Chassis, Diesel engine, remounted customer’s KME body with tank and pump on a new Freightliner chassis, new Foam Pro system, custom graphics package.

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Fluvanna County Volunteer Fire Company

Fluvanna County Volunteer Fire Company

Pierce Freightliner Pumper w/Cummins L9,350 HP engine, Darly, PSM, 1500 GPM Magna Transmission Single Stage Pump, 750 gal. poly tank, Husky 3 single agent foam system.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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City of Asheboro Fire Department

City of Asheboro Fire Department

Pierce Arrow XT 100’ Aerial, Cummins X15, 600 HP, 1850 lb.ft. w/OBD engine, Waterous S100 2000 GPM single stage pump, 300 gal. poly tank, Oshkosh TAK-4 suspension.

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City of Richmond Fire Department

City of Richmond Fire Department

Pierce Enforcer Tiller, Cummins X12, 500 HP, 1695 lb.-ft. engine, Enforcer 60” cab, Tiller Trailer - TAK-4 suspension, 67,800 GVWR, HiViz LED lighting.

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Wayside Fire Department

Wayside Fire Department

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Northview Fire Department

Northview Fire Department

Pierce Velocity 100’ Ascendant Aerial Tower w/Cummins X15, 565 HP, 1850 lb.-ft. w/OBD engine, Waterous S100 1750 GPM Single stage pump, 300 gal. poly water tank.

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Cherokee Fire Rescue

Cherokee Fire Rescue

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Griffith Volunteer Fire Department

Griffith Volunteer Fire Department

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Altavista Volunteer Fire Department

Altavista Volunteer Fire Department

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Loudoun County Dept. of Fire & Emergency Services

Loudoun County Dept. of Fire & Emergency Services

Pierce Velocity Pumper w/DDC DD13, 470 HP, 1650 lb.-ft. w/OBD engine, Hale QMAX-150 1500 GPM single stage pump, 750 gal. poly water tank, Husky 12 single agent 1000 GPM foam system.

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Loudoun County Dept. of Fire & Emergency Services

Loudoun County Dept. of Fire & Emergency Services

Pierce Velocity Pumper w/DDC DD13, 470 HP, 1650 lb.-ft. w/OBD engine, Hale QMAX-150 1500 GPM single stage pump, 750 gal. poly water tank, Oshkosh TAK-4 front suspension.

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Henrico County Fire Department

Henrico County Fire Department

Pierce Freightliner M2-106 Tanker w/Cummins L9 350 HP engine, Waterous CXPA 1000 GPM single stage pump, 3000 gal. poly water tank, plumbing for foam system, 21,360 GVWR.

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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

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Charleston Fire Department

Charleston Fire Department

2021 FES High Water Rescue, International MV607, Cummins L9 engine, 4 wheel drive chassis, removable seating in the bed to haul provisions during flooding.

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Dunklin Fire Department

Dunklin Fire Department

2021 FES 3,000 Gallon Pumper Tanker w/Peterbilt chassis, X15 505 HP engine, 1,000 GPM Hale DSD pump, Tank over pump w/2 crosslays forward of pump, Ladders and Drop Tank Thru Body.

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Gaffney Fire Department

Gaffney Fire Department

2020 E-One Cyclone HR100 Single Axle Quint, Cummins L9 450HP engine, 1500 GPM Hale DSD Pump, 470 Gallons Water, FoamPro 2001 with 30 Gallon cell, Hiviz Scene Lighting package.

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Hilltop Fire District

Hilltop Fire District

2021 E-One Typhoon 75’ Aerial, Cummins L9 450 HP engine, 2000 GPM Hale Q-Max, 500 gal.poly tank, FireTech scene light package, custom shleving by FES.

Provided By Safe Industries

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Midland Valley Fire Department

Midland Valley Fire Department

2021 KME Panther Custom Cab, Cummins L9, Top Mount Pump, 1750 Waterous CSU pump, 1000 Gallon Rectangular UPF Tank, Chal­lenger body, Ladders Thru Body.

Provided By Safe Industries

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North Greenville Fire Department

North Greenville Fire Department

2021 KME Predator Custom Cab, Cum­mins X12 500 HP engine, Top Mount Pump, 2000 GPM Hale Q-Max pump, 750 Gallon Poly Tank, Flex Body, Treadplate Hosebed Cover.

Provided By Safe Industries

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Travelers Rest FIre Department

Travelers Rest FIre Department

2021 KME Severe Service Custom Cab, Cummins X12 500 engine, Top Mount Pump, 2000 GPM Hale Q-Max pump, 1000 gal. poly tank, Flex Body, rescue tool front bumper w/150’ trash line, Whelen Emergency Lights and Hiviz Scene Lights.

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Rowland Rescue Squad

Rowland Rescue Squad

2020 12’ Ford Rescue F550 Extended Cab 4x4 w/Speedway Ford chassis, Wilburt light tower, customer design roll out tool trays, front bumper replacement with 12,000 lb. winch.

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