CFJ Vol. 26.4 (Spring 2012)

The most dangerous era to be a firefighter - Is there a ‘perfect storm’ brewing?

By definition, a “perfect storm” is an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically. In my opinion, there has never been a more dangerous era in which to be an American firefighter. I am basing these thoughts upon my observations only and I am sure that many pertinent factors will be overlooked. The storm has been brewing for some time now, the following are just a few of the most obvious impending storm system indicators.

Lightweight Construction

Look around at what is being built in your community. Have you or your company taken the time to actually do a walk through of some of these structures during preconstruction? I am not a structural engineer, but you do not have to be a brain surgeon to know what happens to gusset plates and glue when you apply fire to them. 

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Firefighting gear: Packs and lights

As we roll into spring, I am not sure what happened to winter. I have to say for most of us, the winter was quite mild. For those who love the cold and snow, I guess not so good for you. Looking at the bright side, with gas prices continuing to soar, your heat cost for the winter months had to be lower. Maybe next year we’ll see old man winter again.

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Product Review: Dragon Fire Gloves

Several months ago I was contacted by the staff at Fireman’s Shield who make Dragon Fire gloves. They wanted me to take a look at their Alpha X structural firefighting gloves. I was definitely interested as I have always just used whatever my fire department had given me. I had always been more concerned about getting a new fire helmet or something else. Maybe I should have considered new gloves sooner in my career ... guess we will see.

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Returning to the foundations — forcible entry

Determining just how to get into buildings during off-hours or actual fire or rescue incidents takes knowledge of building construction, door and window construction and complete understanding of the tools involved to perform the task of forcible entry. Not every agency has the tools described, but the general issue here is use what you have available. Knowing the techniques (yes, techniques — not brute force alone) will allow you to be effective in the given task. Delays in gaining entry may have devastating aftereffects.

How Do We Define Forcible Entry?

A definition from IFSTA’s “5th Edition of Essentials of Firefighting” states that forcible entry is a variety of techniques used to gain access into structures where normal means of entry is locked or blocked. What are “normal means of entry”? Doors, halls leading to doors and some styles of windows lend themselves to be entered or exited by people. As times and construction features change, so do security means. If we do not keep up with the security changes, our techniques will no longer be effective.


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HazMat: Responding to fuel spills

While fuel (petroleum) spills are not the most glamorous of hazmat calls one responds to, they are probably the most frequent. They can range from a two car MVA with a leaking fuel tank, to a MC306 overturned on an off ramp, or possibly a large above ground storage tank depending on your response area. Many departments do not consider them a hazmat call to begin with so if it ends up being larger than anticipated responders are behind the curve.

I would venture to bet many departments only dispatch a single unit to these calls no matter what the quantity reported, again hindering the responder. As responders we must not become complacent with the response to fuel spills, and anticipate them all being large and complex as soon as we are dispatched.

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HazMat: Weapons of Mass Destruction

When the topic of responding to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incidents arises, many personnel in the hazardous materials response community tend to echo thoughts such as “Boy, I hope I am off duty the day that happens!” In this article, we will discuss the various categories of WMD agents that may be encountered by first responders and the general response measures to be taken for such incidents so that some of the myths and mysteries of WMD response can be debunked and responders can view such incidents in their true light.

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Create synergy with a team of financial advisors

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
— Henry Ford

As your financial life matures, you reach certain milestones — buying a house, having children, starting a business, sending your children to college, retiring — the list goes on. Each of these milestones can add a layer of complexity to your financial life, which often necessitates the use of experienced advisors to assist in making financial decisions. You may need an accountant, financial advisor, estate attorney or insurance specialist. If you are a client of those types of professionals, your needs are best met if those advisors can work as a team on your behalf. Collaboration among advisors provides you, the client, with a greater depth of service and a more efficient process. The advisors also can benefit from working together for their client.

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Wildland fire: Slaying the Wildfire Dragons

It is mostly unknown that from 1971 to 1976 the U.S. Forest Service came east of the Mississippi to an unfamiliar country for parachuters. The Smokejumpers came to jump eastern hardwood mountain ranges to find and destroy the wildfire dragons in the forest. At first it was the string of national forest ground in the Appalachians, but the hard noses moved on into the Ozarks to chink for dollars, and quest at the land.

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Dead Zones in your fire department

Just the other day, I was on my cell phone talking to my lieutenant about an upcoming project that had to be taken care of ASAP at our department. I knew exactly how to tackle the project and how we were going to get it done. I had a top notch plan. Like a general in a war room, I paced back and forth in the truck bay laying out my ingenious plan of attack. It wasn’t until my lieutenant strolled through the bay door with a huge smile on his face and no cell phone to his ear that I realized there was no one on the other end of the line listening to me. My call had been dropped. I had walked into a dead zone.

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Fire Investigators: Be prepared for your expert testimony

No, the title to this article isn’t a Boy Scout slogan but a serious message to all fire investigators. Long after we leave the scene of a burned-out structure and long after the reports are completed, we anticipate the probability of court-related appearances ranging from depositions and preliminary hearings to a full-blown trial. We realize that any testimony we offer, as investigators, in a civil or criminal court is done so under the authority of the recognized expert witness guidelines.

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Navigating the maze to 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. Large projects obviously demand a great deal of coordination, but the endless decision-making, detail planning and critical analysis that even a small project requires can easily overwhelm an unprepared department. ‘What do I do first?’ ‘How do we get from here to there?’ ‘How much will we have to spend?’ ‘How long will it take?’ ‘Who can I trust for good advice?’ Like the disorienting smoke of a maze, these questions and more can quickly clutter your thoughts and your path, as you start moving toward a new building.

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Obesity in the fire service

Well it looks as though the days of poking fun at our donut eating law enforcement colleagues are over. Just in case you haven’t heard, a study commissioned by the National Volunteer Fire Council directed at examining obesity in the American fire service was recently released. The authors, Haddock, Poston and Jahnke (2011) brought forth some staggering news: “Rates of overweight and obese individuals in the fire service are higher than those found in the general public, ranging from 73 percent to 88 percent of firefighters.”

As a retired firefighter (2003) and currently working as a community college fire protection program chair, my experience made me think that the study must be flawed. Since I hold a Ph.D., I immediately decided to delve into the details of the study in an effort to examine its validity. After close examination of the methodology it became obvious that the study had produced reliable data and was conducted in a very thorough and valid manner.

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Firefighters, which is most important? Training, education or experience?

Training, education and experience — which is more important? The importance of one over the other is a topic of debate. Let’s attempt to pull apart the interwoven components and see which one we can live without. In a business as unforgiving as the fire service, training is essential for survival. Training is, according to Mr. Webster, “the skill, knowledge, or experience acquired by one that trains.”

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Caldwell County Fire & Life Safety Festival

The Caldwell County Fire Rescue Association will be hosting the 2012 Fall Fire and Life Safety Festival to be held at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute on Oct. 6, 2012.

The festival will encourage the citizens of Caldwell and surrounding counties to practice prevention activities in their daily lives to reduce the risk of death and injury related to preventable causes.

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Lesson from the IAFF Fire Ground Safety and Survival Class

During my tenure as a firefighter and officer, I have attended some great symposiums, conventions, and networked with firefighters from all around the world. This past August I was able to attend the International Association of Firefighters’ (IAFF) Redmond Symposium, a symposium held every other year to bring together the experts on health, safety and wellness.

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Trends in fire station design and construction

Due to recent global events, we are seeing a greater emphasis placed on properly training and equipping our fire stations and their personnel. This shift in how we view our community fire departments and their role is evident by the ARRA grants that were issued in 2009 to help build and grow the fire service sector. Like any and all industry, significant advances have been and continue to be made in the fields of equipment, technology, and training. These new advances should be a consideration when planning to design and build. Below we offer our opinion on some of the recent trends in fire station construction.

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Firefighter Games coming to Raleigh in June

Grab your buckets and get your team together for a firefighter’s competition in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, June 16.

The games are part of a day-long public event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Raleigh Fire Department.

Firefighters across the southeast are invited to compete. Each team is limited to four members. Full protective personal equipment will be required for some games.

Planned contest events include a Bucket Brigade, with water thrown on a simulated rooftop; Command Post, with verbal instructions to blindfolded firefighters; Hose Coupling and Shoot, with two sections of hose to connect and charge; and Quick Dress, with timed donning of PPE.

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2012 Charleston area Firefighter Combat Challenge

The Charleston area is gearing up to host its second annual event, this time at the North Charleston Fire Museum and Tanger Outlet Center on May 18-19, 2012. Up to 200 firefighters will register to compete and another 300 family members are expected to attend.  This increase is largely due to change in location, time of year, affordability of hotels/restaurants and additional promotional efforts. Read More »

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Never Forget Memorial Golf Outing

Join Firefighters from all around the country May 20-23, 2012 at Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the Never Forget Memorial Golf Outing.

In May of 1992 The Alfred E. Ronaldson Spring Golf Classic started in Orange County, New York. It expanded and grew for 10 years and became the “World’s Largest Golf Outing.” May 2001 was the 10th and final year and over 1,500 golfers attended.  The “Ronaldson” became the pride and joy of the FDNY. Each year it produced more stories and antics than we could list — in short it was fun! It was dubbed “The Woodstock of Golf.” This event wasn’t your country club outing. Sounds of Led Zeppelin filled the air along with the smell of steaks on the grill. Read More »

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Daily Incident Log - 7/28/2020

 

Rockingham Fire Department dedicates memorial garden to late engineer 

A fallen firefighter has been forever memorialized. The Rockingham Fire Department and Richmond County Hospice worked together to dedicate a flower and vegetable garden to remember Ed "Big Ed" Hairfield, an engineer for RFD and deputy chief of Richmond County Rescue Squad, who passed away in March after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The flourishing garden, situated behind Hospice's main office next to memorials of other Hospice residents, is now sprawling with an assortment of flowers and vegetables, including lavender plants, eggplant, tomatoes and yellow bell peppers. "We sat down with his brother, Larry, and we talked to him about it and we were all in consensus," said Fire Chief Harold Isler. "Let's get something out here at [Richmond County Hospice] because they were so good to him. (They) were outstanding as far as his care and taking care of him."  

RICHMOND COUNTY DAILY JOURNAL  

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Daily Incident Log - 5/31/2012

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Last hurdle cleared for Mooresville fire training facility

Mooresville commissioners have approved two contracts that will get construction going on the proposed Fire Training Facility for the Mooresville Fire & Rescue Department. The first contract awarded last week was for $265,999 to Pedulla Trucking, Excavating, and Paving Inc. for constr uction of an asphalt entrance road, gravel parking lot, concrete training facility pad and storm drains on the existing Public Operations Center site on U.S. 21.

(MOORESVILLE TRIBUNE)

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Daily Incident Log - 6/1/2012

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With New Engine, It's 'Christmastime' at Southern Pines Fire House

It's red and white and screams down the road with a price tag to rival a hot Italian sports car, but don't look for it to win too many long-distance races. But even at 53,000 pounds fully loaded, the new engine debuting today for the Southern?Pines Fire and Rescue Department has plenty of hustle for around tow n.

(SOUTHERN PINES PILOT)

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Daily Incident Log - 6/4/2012

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Man's body found dead inside burning home in Rowan County

An investigation is underway in Rowan County after the body of a man was found inside a burning mobile home. According to investigators, crews were called out to a home along Wrangler Road at Highway 801 in Woodleaf around 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. This is in western Rowan County. Neighbors reported seeing thick smoke an d flames coming from the home. They knew the 67-year-old man was inside the home, but said it was too dangerous to get inside to save him.

(WBTV-TV CHANNEL 3)

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Daily Incident Log - 6/5/2012

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Matthews uses rewards to attract volunteer firefighters

The tough economy is taking its toll on many volunteer fire departments that are struggling to recruit and keep firefighters. But the town of Matthews has come up with an aggressive way to entice volunteers: by rewarding them. Right now, Matthews Fire and EMS has only nine full-time firefighters. It has 60 vol unteer firefighters, but the department wants 90. One way it's trying to do that is by offering monthly incentives, like meals and cash.

(WSOC-TV ABC 9 CHARLOTTE)

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Daily Incident Log - 6/6/2012

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Pitt County Upgrading Cardiac Arrest Responses

Statistics show sometimes it can take up to 18 minutes or more for an EMS squad to get to you if you go into cardiac arrest. That's 18 minutes you simply can't afford. For years the role of a firefighter was simply to fight fires. But that's all changing. "We don't just respond to fire calls and car fires and haz ard mitigations and things like that, we respond to all types of emergencies," said Red Oak Assistant Fire Chief, Chad Singleton.

(WNCT-TV CHANNEL 9)

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Daily Incident Log - 6/8/2012

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Charlotte fire inspector attacked by dog near uptown

A Charlotte fire inspector was attacked by a dog while responding to call Thursday afternoon near uptown. According to officials, the man was bitten by a dog in the arm after responding to a call at an auto garage on West 29th Street near North Tryon Street around 2 p.m.

(WCNC-TV NBC 6 CHARLOTTE)

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Daily Incident Log - 6/11/2012

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16 residents displaced as large fire heavily damages Harbour Pointe condos at McFadyen Lake

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a large fire that heavily damaged at least 12 condominiums in the Lake Shores neighborhood Saturday. Firefighters spent hours battling the blaze at the Harbour Pointe condominium complex, which sits on the edge of McFadyen Lake between Morganton and Cliffdale roads. One resident, a wheelchair-bound woman, was rescued from a ground-floor unit and treated for smoke inhalation.

(FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER)

Related: Fayetteville FD: Harbour Pointe Condominiums fire is still under investigation  

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Daily Incident Log - 6/12/2012

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Harnett County assistant fire chief dies after fire

A Harnett County firefighter died Monday after responding to a fire, authorities said. Donald "Donnie" Suggs, 55, was assistant chief of the Summerville Fire Department in Lillington. He had been with the department for more than a decade. He collapsed at home shortly after the fire, authorities said. It wasn't clear whether the fire played a role in Suggs' death.

(WRAL-TV CBS 5 RALEIGH)

Related: Assistant Fire Chief Donald Suggs Dies In Harnett County After Responding To Call  

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Daily Incident Log - 6/13/2012

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Arson officials investigate suspicious Charlotte fires

No injuries were reported Wednesday morning in a two-alarm fire that damaged three buildings on Nations Ford Road near Interstate 77 in southwest Charlotte. The nature of the fire -- actually, fires, because the blazes appeared to be separate -- has attracted the interest of the arson squad. The first report of the blaz es came shortly before 4:45 a.m. from the 7600 block of Nations Ford Road, between I-77 and Echodale Drive.

(THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER)
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Daily Incident Log - 6/14/2012

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As 7,000 turkeys die, cause of La Grange poultry barn fire remains undetermined

Close to 7,000 turkeys burned to death early Wednesday morning in a massive poultry barn fire in La Grange whose mysterious beginnings and thick white streams of smoke continues to be the talk of the town. Bright lights shined and fire alarms echoed for miles outside La Grange around 5:30 a.m., when a 911 call came from Butterbal l's Hill Top Farm on Brothers Road about a blaze that had erupted in one of the turkey ranch's two poultry barns, neighbors said.

(KINSTON.COM)

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Daily Incident Log - 6/15/2012

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Fire breaks out at home in southwest Charlotte

Emergency crews responded to a house fire in southwest Charlotte Thursday afternoon. The fire began around 3 p.m. at a home off Westham Ridge Road near Nations Ford and West Tyvola Roads. It took 11 minutes for firefighters to get the blaze under control, according to the Charlotte Fire Department.

(WCNC-TV NBC 6 CHARLOTTE)

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Daily Incident Log - 6/18/2012

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Firefighters battle Croatan National Forest wildfire

Forest rangers say the wildfire at the center of Croatan National Forest has grown from 3,000 acres to 8,000 acres. The flames have spread from Sheep Ridge Wilderness, a swampy area of low vegetation, to into the rest of the forest, said district ranger Pancho Smith. "It's gone onto some other property, but still within our containment boundaries," said Smith. "We're working on our containment strategy."

(WNCN-TV NBC 17 MYNC.COM)

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Daily Incident Log - 6/19/2012

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Firefighters injured in Charlotte house fire

A firefighter suffered minor injuries during a house fire along South Boulevard Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to the scene around 6 a.m. after a reported fire at a home in the 6500 block of Wisteria Drive Charlotte fire officials said it took a crew of 27 firefighters a little more than 40 minutes to put out the fire.

(THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER)

Related: Two firefighters hurt battling house fire  


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Daily Incident Log - 6/20/2012

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Officials seek cause of three-alarm east Charlotte apartment fire

Firefighters are investigating a three-alarm fire that broke out early Wednesday morning at the First Croft apartment complex on Central Avenue in east Charlotte. It damaged more than a dozen units. Fire officials say the call came in just before 3 a.m., and when they arrived, the y found heavy smoke and fire coming from two of the units.

(NEWS 14 CAROLINA - SANDHILLS)

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Daily Incident Log - 6/21/2012

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Bridge To Be Named After Asheville Firefighter Killed In Line Of Duty

A North Carolina firefigher who died in the line of duty last year will get a bridge named after him later this summer. Wednesday, the NC Department of Insurance and Office of State Fire Marshal announced the decision. The dedication is scheduled for August 15 at the Smoky Park Bridge in Asheville. The bridge will be renamed as a memorial to Capt. Jeff Bowen, an Asheville firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty in July 2011. The state Board of Transportation voted in April to name the bridge in honor of Bowen.

(WFMY-TV CBS 2 GREENSBORO)

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Daily Incident Log - 6/22/2012

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Firefighters sue City of Rockingham over pay

In a lawsuit filed recently against the City of Rockingham, five current and former employees of the city's fire department are claiming the city violated their right to receive overtime pay, as well as retaliated against them in their terms and conditions of work for exercising their rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

RICHMOND COUNTY DAILY JOURNAL

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Daily Incident Log - 6/25/2012

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Fire chiefs oppose Asheville tax district

Fire chiefs and some town officials are opposing a proposed downtown tax district, saying it would drain important money from rural fire stations and small municipalities. About $69 million in sales tax is divided annually between Buncombe County, towns, Asheville City Schools and f ire departments. If the Business Improvement District forms downtown, it would get more than $125,000 of that money, according to different estimates. That is because of a state law that distributes sales tax to local governments and other entities by how much they collect in property taxes.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES

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Daily Incident Log - 6/26/2012

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Johnston County to take over EMS services for three towns

Johnston County staff will soon take over operations at volunteer EMS stations in Clayton, Smithfield and Princeton, said County Manager Rick Hester. The county had been using independent contractors to provide EMS service in those towns. Hester said county leaders plan to keep workers at all three stations. He said the move will make operations more efficient and that residents shouldn't notice any major changes in services.

WRAL-TV CBS 5 RALEIGH

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Daily Incident Log - 6/27/2012

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Firefighters Battle Fire At Furniture Plant In Randolph County

Several fire units battled a fire at a furniture plant in Randolph County. Randolph County 911 said the fire at the Cast M Reproduction on Hoover Hill Rd. was called in around 6:30pm. Crews on the scene said Cast M Reproduction was as furniture plant filled with resin, a highly flammabl e substance. They think this had something to do with the cause of the fire.

WFMY-TV CBS 2 GREENSBORO

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Daily Incident Log - 7/2/2012

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Firefighters say lightning caused Jacksonville apartment fire

Fire officials say a lightning strike is to blame for an afternoon apartment fire. It happened at Liberty Pointe Apartments off of Piney Green Rd in Jacksonville. Crews at the scene tell us two apartment buildings were damaged from the fire, both are considered a complete loss. No one was injured in the fire. Several fire departments responded included Jacksonville Fire and Rescue and the Swarnsboro Fire Department. It took crews about 30min to get the fire under control.

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Daily Incident Log - 6/29/2012

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Fourth apartment fire reported within 24 hours displaces Fayetteville residents

Emergency personnel responded Thursday afternoon to an apartment fire in that displaced five people. It was the fourth such fire within a 24-hour period in Fayetteville. Fayetteville and Cumberland Road firefighters were called at 1:22 p.m. to 806 Miller Ave., according to a news release from Fayetteville fire Battalion Chief Richard Whiteside.

FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER

Related: Fire officials say blaze at Village at Cliffdale Apartments was arson  

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Daily Incident Log - 6/28/2012

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Two Fayetteville apartment building fires displace 35 people

Two separate apartment building fires that happened about 15 minutes apart Wednesday night displaced 35 people, Fayetteville firefighters said. No one was injured, Fayetteville Fire Battalion Chief Robert Brinson said in a news release. Firefighters received the first call at 5:46 p.m. Wednesday when a first floor apartment in Th e Village at Cliffdale, located at 567 Cutchen Lane, caught fire, sending flames and smoke through the third story, Brinson said.

FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER

Related: Two apartment fires displace residents in Fayetteville  

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Daily Incident Log - 7/10/2012

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Fayetteville firefighters deal with forest fire near Raeford Road

About 22 firefighters and members of the N.C. Forest Service spent more than two hours combating a forest fire near Raeford and Old Raeford roads Monday. Fayetteville Battalion Chief Calvin Bishop said firefighters had just finished responding to a chlorine chemical explosion at the Villagio apartments when they responded to the fire about 2:30 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER

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Daily Incident Log - 7/9/2012

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Woodland Volunteer Fire Department buys fire truck for $1

A volunteer fire department of a tiny North Carolina town has a new shiny red fire truck — purchased for $1. The Woodland Volunteer Fire Department serves the community of 800 and was close to retiring one of its three fire trucks because it often overheated.

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Daily Incident Log - 7/12/2012

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New Mooresville fire station should mean 'a lot faster' response time

With money in place for Mooresville's fifth fire station, fire officials are relieved to be getting a facility they say will be centrally located and significantly lessen their emergency response time. "This location is the geographic center of town, allowing (fire trucks and emergency vehicles) to travel in multiple directions and get there a lot faster," said Curt Deaton, who became interim fire chief when Wes Greene retired June 29.

MOORESVILLE TRIBUNE

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Daily Incident Log - 7/11/2012

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One man dead after house fire in Asheboro

Authorities are investigating an early morning fire that resulted in the death of an area man on Tuesday. According to authorities, firefighters from Ulah and Westside fire departments responded to 595 Morton Avenue at about 4 a.m. after neighbors reported the home was on fire. After getting the fire under control, firefighters entered the home and found the body of Charlie Artie Powers, 88, in a front room near an exit.

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Daily Incident Log - 7/13/2012

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New Hanover County: Good Samaritans and firefighters rescue woman from burning home

Good Samaritans and fire crews rescued a woman from a burning home in New Hanover County. It happened in the 4918 North Pompano Court, near North McMillan at the Stone's Throw town home complex. According to David Hines with the Wilmington Fire Department, the fire started in th e kitchen. It has been ruled accidental, with damage estimates of up to $70,000.

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Daily Incident Log - 7/16/2012

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Kinston: Fire engulfs three Gordon Street buildings, including a law office and gym

Water flooded low spots on Queen Street Saturday morning, leaving charred bits of paper and wood near the sidewalks as firefighters from the Kinston Department of Public Safety worked to put out an overnight blaze. Crews spent more than 12 hours putting out three fires, which damaged three buildings on the 100 block of East Gordon Street. Sgt. Craig Jarman, of the department's criminal division, said the fire started around 1 a.m. and caused damage to Garrens, Foster and Sargent law firm, as well as Get it in Fitness. An unoccupied building also had fire and smoke damage.

KINSTON FREE PRESS

Related: Triple Arson Under Investigation  

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Daily Incident Log - 7/17/2012

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Fire destroys building in Concord

Explosions from a fire woke a napping Concord man, who alerted neighors to call the fire department off Poplar Tent Road Monday afternoon. "It woke me up and I tried to find a phone to call for help," said Rayvon Eury. "Every phone we tried was dead." Eventually a neighbor was able to call and firefighters were on the scene along with police and EMS.

CONCORD & KANNAPOLIS INDEPENDENT TRIBUNE

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Daily Incident Log - 7/18/2012

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Family of 8 displaced after fire destroys Mount Airy home

Four adults and four children will have to pick up the pieces of their lives after losing everything in an accidental Tuesday afternoon fire. Firefighters rushed to the family's home in the Woodcreek development in the Holly Springs community after it caught fire in an upstairs bedroom on Tuesday afternoon.

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Daily Incident Log - 7/19/2012

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Retired Greensboro Firefighter Fights For Life

Larry "Butch" Cummings is a retired Greensboro firefighter, who was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer 2 years ago. "Sometimes, I feel a little frightened but i learn how to fight scared," said Larry "Butch" Cummings. After 30 years as a firefighter, Cummings is used to putting himself last. "We are so used to him running in and saving other lives and they are coming to rescue him," said Cynthia Cummings.

WFMY-TV CBS 2 GREENSBORO

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Daily Incident Log - 7/23/2012

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Lenoir County mobile home fire leaves one man dead

Authorities say a fire in Lenoir County that left one person dead started near a fuse panel and the home had a history of electrical problems. They're still trying to confirm an official cause. Firefighters were called to the mobile home on Ham Street in Kinston at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning and found 74-year-old Richard Fields dead inside.

NEWS 14 CAROLINA - TRIAD

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Daily Incident Log - 7/20/2012

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Retired Durham firefighter's murder a mystery to family

Donald "Donnie" Watson loved racing so much that he raced stock cars for 40 years. In the past 10 years, he was a sponsor of a major driver. He was also a Durham firefighter and captain for more than 33 years before retiring in 1992. That's when he started Biggs and Watson Towing. But to Rocky Watson, he was simply "Dad."

WRAL-TV CBS 5 RALEIGH

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Daily Incident Log - 7/6/2012

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Rowan County: Off-duty firefighters rescue 6 trying to escape capsized boat

File, a Liberty Fire Department volunteer firefighter, jumped in the water with his friend Michael Hodgson, a Salisbury firefighter. They pulled one woman to their boat who they said appeared to have difficulties keeping her head above water. Ketchie dove in with a life jacket and rescued a man who yelled that he could not swim. "You try to stay calm yourself, but in honesty, so much goes through your head at a time like that," he said.

WSOC-TV ABC 9 CHARLOTTE

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Daily Incident Log - 7/5/2012

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Fire destroys Union golf course clubhouse

Fire investigators will begin looking Thursday morning into the cause of a fire that destroyed the clubhouse overnight at Emerald Lake Country Club in western Union County. No injuries were reported. Firefighters from at least two Union County departments managed to prevent the flames from spreading to nearby trees and houses in the golf community, off Lawyers Road near Stevens Mill Road, a short distance east of the county line.

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

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Daily Incident Log - 7/3/2012

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4 believed dead in crash of firefighting C-130 from Charlotte

State flags will fly at half-staff Tuesday across North Carolina, in tribute to the Charlotte-based Air National Guard members who were killed in the crash of their C-130 cargo plane Sunday night in a firefighting mission in South Dakota's Black Hills. At least two crew members were killed, according to family members, but s everal published and broadcast reports Tuesday said the death toll was four.

CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.COM

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Daily Incident Log - 7/24/2012

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Blaze devastates Morganton furniture plant; lightning suspected as fire's cause

Nearly one-third of the Wright Table Company furniture factory was left in ruin Monday evening after lightning reportedly sparked a fire in the plant's finishing room. According to owner Don Wright, 13 employees were in the building at the time of the blaze. No injuries were reported among the workers, who said they were lucky to be on break when the fire began.

HICKORY DAILY RECORD

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Daily Incident Log - 7/25/2012

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Southport chiefs are concerned about new-communications range

Fuzzy reception and unreliable signals are prompting the City of Southport to draft a letter requesting assistance from Brunswick County regarding the new Viper radio system. When the city's fire and rescue departments tried out the new radios on July 4, they found that reception was bad south of Leonard Street, closer t oward the waterfront, said rescue chief Neal Sage and alderman Todd Coring, a captain with the fire department, at the latest meeting of the city's emergency services committee.

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Daily Incident Log - 7/26/2012

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Craven County Fire Department Needs Volunteers As Firefighters Age

The Township 6 volunteer fire department in Craven County is in desperate need for more volunteers. Some of the most dedicated volunteers on the force have been there for nearly 40 years. Ralph Roeland has been with the Township 6 Fire Department since 1971, the year of its ince ption. Now at 79 he's still at every call he can respond to, but says he would like to see some new blood.

WITN-TV NBC 7 GREENVILLE

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Daily Incident Log - 7/27/2012

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Firefighters' long ride ends today in Asheville

A group of 29 firefighters bicycling across North Carolina in tribute to a fallen comrade is scheduled to reach its destination Friday afternoon in Asheville. The Carolina Brotherhood, which left the N.C. coast on Monday on a nearly 400-mile trip, plans to take the stage at 4:30 p.m. at an Asheville festival, for a tri bute to the late Capt. Jeffery Bowen. Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary of Bowen's death. He died while fighting a fire at a high-rise building on Biltmore Avenue in Asheville. The fire later was determined to have been intentionally set.

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

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Daily Incident Log - 7/30/2012

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Changes could have saved Asheville firefighter

The Fire Department will add more commanders to handle major emergencies following an office building blaze that killed a department captain one year ago. The additional supervisors will come from a staffing overhaul at the West Asheville Fire Station, taking it from two three-person cr ews to one four-person crew.

CITIZEN-TIMES.COM

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Daily Incident Log - 7/31/2012

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Durham house fires injures firefighter, displace occupants

A Durham city firefighter was injured Monday while fighting a house fire, and a Saturday fire left two adults displaced. Firefighters were called at 1:30 a.m. to a blaze at a two-story, wood-frame house at 1112 Holloway St., Deputy Fire Chief Dan Curia of the Durham Fire Department said. A firefighter burned his hand and was transported to Durham Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released Monday.

DURHAM HERALD SUN

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Daily Incident Log - 8/1/2012

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Chapel Hill fire department completes training to prevent child sexual abuse

Seventy members of the Chapel Hill Fire Department have added child sexual abuse prevention to their safety arsenal. The firefighters and emergency personnel recently completed the Darkness to Light (D2L) Stewards of Children workshop, an award-winning child sexual abuse prevention program offered by the Chapel Hill- Carrboro YMCA.

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA

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Daily Incident Log - 8/3/2012

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Fire Extinguished At ReCommunity Recycling In Greensboro

Firefighters are on the scene of a fire at a recycling facility in Greensboro. All roads are open, but Police had closed several roads near the scene. Karl Robe with ReCommunty Recycling released this statement about the fire: 8 a.m. today a city truck hauling recyclables delivered a load with a fire contained in the material to ReCommunity Recycling.

WFMY-TV CBS 2 GREENSBORO

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Daily Incident Log - 8/2/2012

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Robbins Breaking Ground on Fire Station

A spade full of earth to be turned Thursday morning will start construction on the new Robbins fire station. It's been a long time coming. For years fire fighters in the town's volunteer fire department had dreamed, hoped, and finally begun planning for this day. At 11 a.m — on the first day of the 2012 Farmers Day — Fire Chief Jarius Garner, Mayor Lonnie English and others will gather across the tracks from Town Hall for a groundbreaking ceremony.

SOUTHERN PINES PILOT

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Daily Incident Log - 8/6/2012

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High Point man rescued in flash flood

Emergency personnel staged a dramatic rescue early Friday evening in front of High Point Regional Hospital. They pulled a man from his flooded car and after briefly checking on him on higher ground, they carried him straight into the emergency room. At approximately 6:45 p.m., what appeared to be a Chrysler Seb ring convertible became nearly submerged in high flood waters on N. Elm Street, between Westwood and W. Ray avenues. Members of the High Point fire and police departments and Emergency Medical Services soon responded and began rescue.

HIGH POINT ENTERPRISE

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Daily Incident Log - 8/7/2012

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Officials investigate cause of train derailment in Cramerton

People who were evacuated Monday near a train derailment in downtown Cramerton have been allowed back home. Early Tuesday morning, crews had removed most of the damaged cars and were working to replace damaged tracks. The incident happened along 8th Avenue around 4:45 p.m. on Monday. There were three locomotives and 121 cars, 19 of which were derailed.

WSOC-TV ABC 9 CHARLOTTE

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Daily Incident Log - 8/9/2012

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Reeds house called a total loss; one person displaced

One person was displaced as fire destroyed a house Wednesday morning on Lanier Road. At 10:49 a.m., firefighters with the Reeds Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a working house fire at 591 Lanier Road. They arrived to find the house fully involved with flames and immediately went into a defensive mode, said Reeds Chief Tim Leonard.

LEXINGTON DISPATCH

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Daily Incident Log - 8/8/2012

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Black mountain fire truck break-down spurs financial debate

The break-down of a Black Mountain fire truck has Town officials debating whether to spend up to nearly $1 million to replace aging safety vehicles. Thursday at a 5 p.m. agenda meeting, the Black Mountain Board of Aldermen will be weighing public safety concerns and cost to tax payers as they decide what to do with a pair of 20-year-old fire trucks that Black Mountain Fire Chief Steve Jones said have become liabilities.

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Daily Incident Log - 8/10/2012

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One dead in Wilmington house fire

The death of a man found inside a burning Wilmington home Thursday is under investigation, according to officials. "I knew when they brought the gurney back out empty it wasn't going to be good," neighbor Bill White said as he stood on his porch two doors away from 120 Cavalier Drive. Firefighters we re called out to the single-family home off Eastwood Road just before noon.

WILMINGTON MORNING STAR

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Daily Incident Log - 8/13/2012

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Durham fire department hiring thanks to grant

A new grant for the Durham Fire Department is shaping up to be a win-win situation for the city and its residents. Not only will the money help firefighters better protect their community, but it is also creating jobs. The grant money comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is meant to make sure there is adequate staffing for f ire and emergency response teams. As part of the $1.4 million deal, fire officials must hire 15 qualified candidates to become new firefighters within the next 90 days.

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Daily Incident Log - 8/16/2012

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Vice President Biden Stops At Hillsborough Fire Station For Unexpected Visit

Vice President Joe Biden's motorcade arrived at the Hillsborough Fire Department at 4:12pm, where some firefighters and their families were waiting for his visit standing alongside a fire truck. Vice President Biden, making an unscheduled stop, entered the firehouse at 4:21 wearing a blue and white striped shirt (sleeves rolled) and dress slacks, n o jacket or tie.

THE RALEIGH TELEGRAM

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Daily Incident Log - 8/15/2012

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Asheville bridge renamed for fallen firefighter

More than one year ago, an Asheville firefighter died while battling a massive medical building blaze, and Wednesday his service was celebrated when a bridge was renamed in his honor. After several months of work to honor Capt. Jeff Bowen for his dedication to the Asheville Fire Department and city that he served for 13 yea rs up until the fatal fire on July 28, 2011, his memory was commemorated with the renaming of the Smoky Park Bridge to the Capt. Jeff Bowen Bridge.

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Daily Incident Log - 8/14/2012

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New Mebane fire station to cut down on response times

The city of Mebane is moving forward with long awaited plans for a new fire station. Continued growth in the city has raised concern over the response time to emergency calls. "The growth has been significant. Ninety-five percent of the growth has occurred on the south side of the city," said Bob Lo uis, the fire chief for the Mebane Fire Department.

NEWS 14 CAROLINA - TRIANGLE

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Daily Incident Log - 8/17/2012

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Washington Fire Rescue EMS hitting the ropes

It was no accident that Firefighter Chris Brock hovered in mid-air, several stories above the ground. He deliberately stepped off the edge of the water tower, dangling by a rope, before steadily lowering himself to the ground. Next came Engineer Josh Ingram; after him, Firefighter Matt Van Nortwick.

WASHINGTON DAILY NEWS

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Daily Incident Log - 8/20/2012

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Durham to gain 15 firefighters thanks to SAFER grant

Durham to gain 15 firefighters Published: Aug 18, 2012 07:00 PM Modified: Aug 19, 2012 12:09 AM Eligibility Durham fire officials hope to hire 15 new firefighters within the next 90 days thanks to the Department of Homeland Security. The City Council recently gave the Fire Department the go ahead to accept the $1.4 millio n Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant, which will enable more fire trucks to be fully staffed once the new candidates are hired and trained.

THE DURHAM NEWS

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Fire Station Profile

Weaverville Fire Department /Buncombe County Station 8
3 Monticello Road
Weaverville, NC 28787
828-645-3500
Jeffrey T. Hooper, CFPS – Fire Chief
[email protected]
Deputy Chief Eric J. Rogers, Fire Marshal Terry A. Malone

  • 18 Full-time (Three Battalion Chiefs, Three Captains, Three Engineers and nine Firefighters)
  • 7 Part-time Firefighter/EMT
  • 5 Volunteers
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Decreasing employee turnover in your fire house

I will never forget it, the rush of excitement and confusion when I heard the tones go off. About 15 minutes earlier I had received my first set of turnout gear. “Jump on the truck!” the lieutenant barked as I quickly climbed up. As we drove to the call I was amazed at my first time running emergency traffic in a fire truck. As we pulled on scene my lieutenant said, “If it’s burning that will be the hydrant we will be catching.” At that time I really had no idea what he was saying, but I knew I already loved firefighting.

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KME Appoints Safe Industries for the Carolinas

Nesquehoning, PA – KME is pleased to announce the addition of Safe Industries (www.safeindustries.com) to the KME sales representative network. Safe Industries’ home office is located in Piedmont, SC, just south of the Greenville/Spartanburg area, and will handle sales and service for KME products in both North and South Carolina. Read More »

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Atlantic Emergency Solutions is new Pierce apparatus dealer in North Carolina

APPLETON, Wis. (August 9, 2012) – Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, today announced that Atlantic Emergency Solutions is the new Pierce apparatus dealer for North Carolina, expanding its current territory that includes Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, and portions of West Virginia. The change is prompted by the retirement of Triad Fire Inc. founder, Dick Hastings. Gerald Sapp (partner at Triad Fire) will join Atlantic Emergency Solutions as vice president of sales, North Carolina, and remain involved with all North Carolina customers. Read More »

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Things you can learn from a chicken

Recently a friend made me aware of a major political discussion that was going on in the warm and wonderful town of Cary N.C. As I spent most of my adult life living next door to Cary, my interest was piqued! It turns out since late last year the town council has been struggling with an issue of significant importance. The issue was should the town allow Cary residents to have live chickens in their backyard.

To me this was a fascinating issue. We had free range chickens on our farm before it was environmentally cool and I even once managed to crash into our chicken house with a runaway tractor. I will save that story for another day. Suffice it to say, that I know a little bit about chickens and have picked up a few warm eggs in my time.

Cary has always been known as a quiet town that grew from its humble roots to be a surging metropolis. Cary was created in 1871 and in the period between the years of 2000 to 2010 the town had a population growth of over 143 percent. You can well imagine the challenges that brought to them. I remember Cary in the early 1960s when it was normal to have a corn field or tobacco field across the road from a housing development. With time and growth, the town had fewer open spaces except for parks, greenways and bike paths and the rural touch has mostly disappeared due to growth.

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Mock rescue drill

Rocky Mount N.C. Fire Department Technical Emergency Rescue Team (TERT) conducted a mock rescue drill as part of their February monthly specialized team training.

Members were notified around 0850 of a skydiving accident (drill) that involved the rescue of two victims. Crews from Ladder 30, Squad 1,were dispatched on an alternate tactical channel so that normal shift personnel weren’t affected. The response to the incident included a Ladder Company, Squad Company, the T.E.R.T team and the team’s equipment trailer. Fourteen personnel in all participated in the special mock drill.

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Firefighter fitness: What’s your best workout?

Fitness for firefighters can be a controversial topic. As physicians we are often asked what the best “workout” is for a firefighter. The short answer is that there is no one workout that fits everyone’s needs. In this article we will discuss our philosophy about exercise and try to clear up some misconceptions about what it means to be fit.

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Firefighter Games a Long Tradition in North Carolina

Contests between North Carolina’s firefighters are as old as many of the departments themselves. After the Civil War, newspapers reported the excursions of firemen from one city to another. In September 1869, for example, some 30 members of Raleigh’s Merchants Independent Fire Company were received by the Steam Fire Engine Company of New Bern.

Inevitably, such visits included competitions between the visiting and home firefighters. In August 1882, the colored firefighters of Wilmington received Raleigh’s Victor Company. Among the activities was a “reel contest.” The prize was awarded for the best time for pulling a hand hose reel for 250 yards, laying 100 feet of hose, detaching, attaching, and flowing water from a hydrant. Wilmington’s Cape Fear Company No. 3 made the best run.

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From the Editor - Spring 2012

Congratulations to Rusty Alexander, Fire Chief of Locke Township Fire Dept. in Salisbury. Chief Alexander was the winner of our Fire Truck Pedal Car give-a-way. Please come by our booth at the South Carolina Fire Rescue Conference at Myrtle Beach and the South Atlantic Expo in Raleigh to enter to win your own miniature fire truck!

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Know Your Smoke: the Dangers of Fire Smoke

A life-saving “Free” training event for firefighters and medical providers treating fire smoke exposure will be held July 20-21, 2012 at the Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C. There will be a controlled burn training focused on atmospheric monitoring (full Personal Protective Equipment - PPE required) on July 21.

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Extrication Education: Technology 101 - High strength metals

Most departments cut back on their extrication training during the winter months, and then crank up in the spring. Training declines some in the dead heat of summer, then usually picks back up in the fall.

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The National Response Framework:

If you have worked in public safety for several years, you know how plans and policies change on a daily and weekly basis. It is no different when it comes to national policies, especially related to disaster preparedness, hazard mitigation and response. Depending on your discipline, fire, EMS or law enforcement, you may feel that “our emergency manager keeps track of those things,” “why do I care?” We are in a new world now. Everyone has skin in this game.

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How do we apply ‘never forgetting’ to fire training?

What does “Never Forgetting” mean to you? Is it a sticker on your windshield? A tattoo on your arm? A poster in the firehouse? Just what does it mean to you?

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An introduction to Pre-Planning for fire calls

Before I became a firefighter with the FDNY, my experience was in buildings. I was a former assistant building manager for one of the high-rise buildings in Lower Manhattan and held a stationary engineers license for the city of New York. As a firefighter, I responded to the same building where I had previously worked as the assistant building manager. This building was one of the top 10 buildings in the city of New York as far as critical infrastructure and the ability to be powered by its own co-generation plant. By having its own co-generation plant, it had the ability to supply 100 percent of the power and steam throughout the building, totally independent from the Con Ed power grid.

The call came in with a report of smoke on the upper floors, located at 4 New York Plaza, a 22-story high-rise building. After the first responding units arrived, the truck company reported the fire was located on the penthouse mechanical room floor. 

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Man versus Machine: Vehicle and Machine Rescue

The Man versus Machine calls are the type that many fire service and EMS professionals will never respond to in their career. They may not even know what they are, let alone even be a part of this type of technical rescue. These calls are classified under N.F.P.A. 1670; the basic course heading is “Vehicle and Machine Rescue” and some classes may even be titled “Farm Medic,” for overturned farm machines with operator entrapment.

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Alternatives for purchasing fire apparatus

Several articles ago I mentioned the option of leasing apparatus. With apparatus prices continuing to go up and up, it’s becoming more difficult for municipalities, cities, and fire departments to purchase new apparatus. An engine can cost $350,000 to $500,000, and an aerial can easily reach $1 million, with the prices continuing to escalate we have to look at a different purchasing approach that reduces the pain of the purchase.

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Fire Truck Repairs - Do you go to a gynecologist for a vasectomy?

After reading that headline some of you are thinking what the H-E-double hockey sticks is he saying? Well now is my time to vent. If you don’t want to read don’t. If you do, here I go.

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Writing basic bid specifications for fire apparatus

Writing a set of specifications for apparatus can seem overwhelming, but a basic bid spec can be written very plainly to suit the needs of your department.

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Make research-based decisions for your fire department needs

Let me tell you. I have drunk the kool aid. I have the t-shirt. Believe it or not, there exists a large, as of yet undiscovered, bi-pedal primate walking around the continent of North America. Call it entertainment desperation but part of my down time lately has been consumed with watching an Animal Planet network television show that is fascinating. Ok, it’s crazy and frustrating, but still fascinating. My Christian upbringing says I am all about faith, therefore, brother sign me up. Sasquatch is out there lurking. And you North Carolina folks don’t laugh; an episode of this show was filmed in your state! The experts have said it and thus it must be real. As simple as that and you don’t have to prove a thing for me. These folks are experts, they offered it to me in a recognized mass media fashion, and therefore it is the truth.

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Debriefing: How it brings medical simulation full circle

Last year I wrote a number of articles for Carolina Fire Rescue Journal about the benefits of medical simulation and gaming. The four-part series focused on the vast differences between traditional EMS and firefighting education versus the technology-based first responder training that has only emerged within the last few years. I pointed out that both the military and the aviation industry have successfully used simulation and gaming for decades in training soldiers and pilots respectively. Fortunately, the world of medical education is finally embracing these state-of-the-art teaching methods that use computers and mannequins to provide hands-on learning opportunities for all kinds of caregivers.

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Dealing with the bariatric patient during EMS calls

In the delivery of emergency services, we sometimes become somewhat complacent with the “routine.” You know what I mean: The “routine” fire alarm, c/o alarm, smoke investigation — smells and bells is how it is referred to in a lot of places. We have learned over the years to guard ourselves against complacency by treating every alarm we receive as a worst case scenario until we arrive on scene, investigate appropriately and then make educated determinations on how we are to mitigate problems.

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UNCC graduates 30 fire service leaders

Thirty fire service leaders and aspiring leaders from across North Carolina and South Carolina graduated from UNC Charlotte’s Fire and Rescue Management Institute in February, joining over 200 alumni who have completed the co-hort certificate program since 2006-2007. Students completed over 70 hours of leadership and management curriculum covering modules such as Leadership and Team-Building, Strategic Planning and Operations Management, Communication Skills & Public Relations, and Personnel Management. The 12-day curriculum, which is spread out over four months, is designed to prepare today and tomorrow’ fire and rescue administrators for the complex skills and responsibilities their supervisory roles require within their department and the in the community. Read More »

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RESCUE EQUIPMENT: Rigging elevated pulley systems from the ground

During your years in the rescue service, have you ever had to get a single or double sheave pulley system elevated and secured above the ground in order to perform a rescue, when you could not easily reach that elevated spot to place the pulley?

Such a rescue could easily be encountered if you have to place an elevated pulley system above an injured tree trimmer, or above a pilot in his wreckage in the plane that crash-landed in a tree top, or even above a person stranded off the side of a building, bridge, water tank or whatever.

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Chief Edward P. Brinson Named Assistant Director of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association

Chief Edward P. Brinson has been selected to serve as the Assistant Director of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association.  Chief Brinson is known to many of you and currently serves as the Chief of the Fairview Rural Fire Department located at 4501 Ten-Ten Road in Apex, NC. Read More »

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Southeast Association of Fire Chiefs 2012 Conference

The 84th Annual Southeast Association of Fire Chiefs Conference will be held June 13-16, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads-Hotel and Spa Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia.

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Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)-funded advanced extrication training

If your department is like mine, the decreasing amount of resources available for extrication training has hampered adequately preparing our members for what they may encounter on our streets and highways. With our struggling economy and with the price of metal increasing, finding junk cars, buses, etc. has become a serious challenge. In the extrication arena, firefighters simply can’t watch a video or simulate the extrication sequence and expect to be proficient when the simple door pop doesn’t work.

Although our departments may go some time before putting the tools to work for an actual emergency, we must constantly prepare for the worst. Areas around our city limits and throughout the county have already shown the severe need for basic, advanced and large vehicle extrication. Our firefighters need hours of practice to increase our knowledge and skill-set but finding the vehicles to deliver this training hasn’t been easy.

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WANTED - Historical Photos from North Carolina Fire Departments

RALEIGH - This year marks the 125th anniversary of the North Carolina State Firemen's Association.

Several special events and projects are being planned to celebrate this historic event during the Conference in August.

You are invited to participate! Please send us any historic photos that you may have of your department. We're looking for fires, firehouses, personnel, apparatus - pretty much anything that illustrates how your department USED to look.

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Ask Ernie “The Apparatus Maintenance Expert”

What is the required in service testing for engines in service for yearly certifications?

You must perform an annual safety inspection of the chassis. You must perform annual inspections of the aerial device, up to but not including the five year Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). However, after the first or second five year aerial NDT inspection testing, it is my recommendation to perform a five year inspection as wear and tear becomes accelerated as time and mileage accumulate.

Remember that you must also maintain the chassis to each component’s manufacturer’s recommendations. If the apparatus has a tank and pump, the pump must be tested to the pump certification capabilities annually. There are many more items for inspection and compliance to the Uniform North American “Out-of-Service” criteria as listed in NFPA 1911; “Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Automotive Fire Apparatus, 2007 Edition.” Use it as your bible of minimum required inspections and testing.

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Spring 2012 New Deliveries

Boger City Fire Department

Boger City Fire Department

2012 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Detroit DD13 500 hp engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 Independent front suspension.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Chapel Hill Fire Department

Chapel Hill Fire Department

2012 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Detroit DD13 450 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale QMax pump, 500 gal. UPF poly tank, Foam Pro foam system, Onan 6 kw hydraulic generator.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Cleveland County Volunteer Fire Dept.

Cleveland County Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Pierce Velocity Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 450 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale QMax pump, 1000 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 independent front suspension.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Elizabeth City Fire Department

Elizabeth City Fire Department

2012 Pierce Arrow XT 100’ Aerial Platform w/Pierce chassis, Detroit diesel Series 60 515 hp engine, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 300 gal. UPF poly tank, AMDOR.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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City of High Point Fire Department

City of High Point Fire Department

2012 Pierce Arrow XT 105’ Heavy Duty Aerial Ladder w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISX 500 hp engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 300 gal. UPF poly tank, Gortite roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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City of High Point Fire Department

City of High Point Fire Department

2012 Pierce Arrow XT Pumper w/Pierce chassis, Cummins ISL 450 hp engine, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, 750 gal. UPF poly tank, TAK-4 independent front suspension, Gortite roll-up doors.

Provided By Atlantic Emergency Solutions

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Clarendon County Fire Department

Clarendon County Fire Department

Skid Unit built on a Chevrolet chassis with a UPF poly tank, Hale pump, Hannay reel, Federal warning package.

Provided By RAJ Company

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Lilesville Fire Department

Lilesville Fire Department

Custom built skid unit w/800 gal. poly tank, dual Hannay reels, 23 hp pump, Akron valves built on an aluminum frame.

Provided By RAJ Company

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Blounts Creek Fire Department

Blounts Creek Fire Department

2012 12’ Anchor-Richey EVS Rescue Truck Chassis Remount w/F-550 Ford chassis, 6.7 powerstroke diesel, large compartments, aluminum body, Wenco 5000 watt diesel generator.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Cherry Mountain Volunteer Fire Department

Cherry Mountain Volunteer Fire Department

2012 Anchor-Richey EVS Deluxe Skid Unit w/Briggs and Stratton Vanguard 18 HP engine, 245 GPM Hale pump, 225 gal. poly tank, 4” manifold, custom cabinets, extendable scene light.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Cherry Mountain Volunteer Fire Dept.

Cherry Mountain Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Anchor-Richey EVS Deluxe Skid Unit w/Briggs and Stratton Vanguard 18 HP engine, 245 GPM Hale pump, 225 gal. poly tank, 4” manifold, fire service valves, new tail board.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Fallston Community Volunteer Fire Dept.

Fallston Community Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Anchor-Richey EVS Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford F-550 chassis, 6.7 powerstroke diesel engine, 300 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, Warn 12,000 lb. winch and brush guard.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Mecklenburg Medic

Mecklenburg Medic

2012 Anchor-Richey EVS Rescue RTV w/diesel engine, custom built body, removable rear cover, LED warning light package, fully enclosed cab.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Dept.

Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Anchor-Richey EVS Flatbed Brush Truck w/Ford F-350 chassis, 6.7 powerstroke diesel engine, 245 GPM Hale pump, 300 gal. poly tank, Nerf bars, aluminum body.

Provided By Anchor-Richey EVS

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Cherokee Tribal EMS

Cherokee Tribal EMS

2012 Type I AEV Trauma Hawk w/Dodge 5500 4x4 chassis, 172” box, LED light, ducted environmental system, Stryker Pro Loader, E-lock drug cabinet, LED dome lights, 4 camera system.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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Davie County EMS

Davie County EMS

2012 Type III AEV Trauma Hawk w/Chevy 4500 chassis, 172” box, LED M series lights, ducted environmental system, custom paint by AEV.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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Scott County Life Saving Crew

Scott County Life Saving Crew

2012 Type III Trauma Hawk G-4500 w/Chevy chassis, 172” box, complete LED lights, ducted environmental system, Zico 02 lift, Vanner inverter, custom cabinets.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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Thorne Ambulance Service

Thorne Ambulance Service

2012 Mercedes Sprinter, 148x95x66” box, LED lights, ducted heat/AC, custom cabinets, 6-point safety harness system, safety net at head of squad bench.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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Timmonsville Rescue Squad

Timmonsville Rescue Squad

2012 Chevy G4500, 148x95x66” box, LED lights, ducted heat/AC, custom cabinets, LED warning and dome, safety net at head of squad bench.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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Yadkin County EMS

Yadkin County EMS

2012 Type III AEV Trauma w/Chevy chassis, 172” box, LED warning lights, ducted AC, custom graphics, Vanner inverter, Onspot chains, custom cabinetry.

Provided By Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, Inc.

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City of Albemarle Fire Department

City of Albemarle Fire Department

2012 E-One Custom Typhoon Pumper w/E-One chassis, Cummins ISL 450 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 500 gal. poly tank, all rear discharge, FoamPro 2002 foam system.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Whitakers Volunteer Fire Department

Whitakers Volunteer Fire Department

2012 E-One Typhoon Customer Rescue Pumper w/E-One chassis, Cummins ISL 450 engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1,030 gal. poly tank, ladder tunnel, severe duty dash.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Biscoe Fire Department

Biscoe Fire Department

2012 Typhoon Customer Pumper w/E-One chassis, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1,030 gal. poly tank, top mount pump, Hi-Viz LED lights.

Provided By Fire Connections

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New London Volunteer Fire Department

New London Volunteer Fire Department

2013 18’ E-One Heavy Rescue w/ International chassis, Maxforce 9, 330 hp engine, Harrison HRT tool system, 25 kw generator, 9000 watt light tower, front bumper/side winch receivers.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Otway Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Otway Volunteer Fire and Rescue

2012 E-One Typhoon Custom Rescue Pumper w/1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1,030 poly tank, top mount, overhead ladder rack, full depth compartments on both sides, hydraulic generator.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Department

Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Department

2012 E-One 3500 Watermaster Tanker w/International 7600 chassis, Maxxforce 410 hp engine, 1250 GPM Hale pump, 3,500 gal. aluminum tank, triple 6” dumper, crosslays, 34’ 6” hard tubes.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Roaring River Volunteer Fire Department

Roaring River Volunteer Fire Department

2013 E-One Commercial Pumper w/International chassis, 350 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale pump, 1,250 gal. poly tank, hard tube storage below tank, 3/4 side, LED push up lights.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Southmont Fire Department

Southmont Fire Department

2012 E-One Customer Tanker, Cyclone II w/E-One chassis, Detroit 515 hp engine, 1250 GPM Hale pump, 2,500 gal. poly tank, triple dumps, cab controlled, 3 camera system, dual 4” inlets.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Stricklands Crossroads Fire Dept.

Stricklands Crossroads Fire Dept.

2012 E-One Tradition ES Commercial Pumper w/International chassis, 330 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1,030 gal. poly tank, Command light LED Tower, rear electric dump.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Sunbury Volunteer Fire Department

Sunbury Volunteer Fire Department

2012 E-One Watermaster 3500 w/International 7400 chassis, 330 hp engine, 500 GPM Hale pump, 3,500 gal. aluminum tank, triple dump, vacuum pump, camera system.

Provided By Fire Connections

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West Edgecombe Volunteer Fire Dept.

West Edgecombe Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 E-One Commercial Pumper Rescue Body w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins 330 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1,030 gal. poly tank, overhead ladder rack, hydraulic generator.

Provided By Fire Connections

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City of Albemarle Fire Department

City of Albemarle Fire Department

2012 E-One Custom Typhoon Pumper w/E-One chassis, 450 hp Cummins engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 500 gal. poly tank, Bostrom seating, Onan 10kw generator, all rear discharge.

Provided By Fire Connections

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Broadnax Volunteer Fire Dept.

Broadnax Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 “Wildfire” Skid Unit w/Ford chassis, 250 gal. tank, Hale HP200X pump, Blizzard Wizard foam system, stainless steel plumbing, special hose and equipment trays.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Buckhead Volunteer Fire Dept.

Buckhead Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Rosenbauer Side Mount Pumper w/Freightliner M2 106 chassis, Cummins ISC 330 hp engine, 1250 GPM Waterous CSC20 pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, hot dipped galvanized subframe.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Buies Creek Fire & Rescue

Buies Creek Fire & Rescue

2012 Rosenbauer Custom Heavy Rescue w/Cummins ISC 380 hp engine, 20 kw Smart Power hydraulic generator, Command Light Knight 2 light tower, breathing air cascade and fill station.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Dept.

Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Dept.

2011 Rosenbauer Side Mount Tanker w/International 7500 chassis, MaxxForce 350 hp engine, 500 GPM Darley HM pump, 3000 gal. UPF tank, 10” Newton Dump at rear.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Grays Creek Station 18

Grays Creek Station 18

2012 Rosenbauer Force Custom Top Mount Pumper w/Cummins ISC 380 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale Q-Flo pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, Zico Quick-Lift ladder access system.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Nebo Volunteer Fire Dept.

Nebo Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Rosenbauer Maverick Pumper/Tanker w/International chassis, MaxxForce 330 hp engine, 1250 GPM Rosenbauer NH55 pump, 1800 gal. UPF tank, aluminum hose bed cover.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Sheffield-Callahaln Volunteer Fire Dept.

Sheffield-Callahaln Volunteer Fire Dept.

2012 Rosenbuaer Custom 4000 Top Mount Pumper w/Rosenbauer chassis, Cummins ISL 400 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, 1000 gal. UPF tank, hydraulic ladder rack.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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ABBS Valley Fire Department

ABBS Valley Fire Department

2012 Rosenbauer Commercial Side Mount Pumper w/Freightliner chassis, Cummins ISC 350 hp engine, 1250 GPM Waterous pump, 1500 gal. UPF tank, Rosenbauer all aluminum body.

Provided By C.W. Williams & Company

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Charlotte Fire Department

Charlotte Fire Department

2012 Smeal 105’ Quint w/Spartan Gladiator chassis, Cummins ISC 15 600 hp engine, 2000 GPM Waterous pump, 370w/30b gal. poly tank, Allison Transmission retarder, Hurst tools.

Provided By Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks

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Wilkes County Rescue Squad

Wilkes County Rescue Squad

2011 T3 AEV G3500 Chevy Ambulance w/custom paint by Arrow Manufacturing, 6.0 liter gas engine, Whelen LED light package.

Provided By Arrow Manufacturing

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Wilkes County Rescue Squad

Wilkes County Rescue Squad

2011 Type I Ford F450 McCoy Miller Ambulance w/custom paint by Arrow Manufacturing, power stroke turbo diesel, air ride with Kneeler dump, Wheelen Super Series LED lights.

Provided By Arrow Manufacturing

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Walhalla Fire Department

Walhalla Fire Department

2013 KME 2-door 4400 Commercial Pumper w/International chassis, Maxxforce 9 330 hp engine, 1500 GPM Hale Qmax pump, Hale Foam Logix system, 1000 gal. tank, 20 gal. foam cell.

Provided By Safe Industries

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BELTON COUNTY EMS

BELTON COUNTY EMS

2012 Chevy G4500 Type III Remount w/new LED’s, domes, print and lettering, new door handles.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Brunswick County EMS

Brunswick County EMS

2012 Chevy Type III Remount with airhorns, new Eberhard door handles, new floor.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Cabarrus County EMS

Cabarrus County EMS

2012 Chevy G4500 Type III McCoy Miller 163 Ambulance w/sliding side entry door, LED’s inside and out, special strips and graphic package, heavy duty floor.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Duke University Medical Center

Duke University Medical Center

2012 Kenworth T270 Type I Remount w/liquid oxygen/medical air, 2 patient critical care capability, 5500 watt generator, adult and neonatal configuration.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Graham County EMS

Graham County EMS

2012 Dodge 4500 Type I Ambulance, V-Maxx system, ducted HVAC, paint and lettering, Dodge chassis, inverter, custom cabinets.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Iredell County EMS

Iredell County EMS

2012 Chevy G4500 Type II with cooling drawer, all LEDs, new floor, dome lights, modified ACS.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Morristown Hamblen EMS

Morristown Hamblen EMS

2012 Chevy 3500 Type III Ambulance, Whelen LED Emergency lights, Whelen LED patient compartment lights, Buell air horn, recessed into front bumper, custom patient compartment layout.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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North Central Medical Transport

North Central Medical Transport

2012 Ford E350 III Remount, LED lighting, new electrical system.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Priority Patient Transport

Priority Patient Transport

2012 Ford Medix Van Type II with inverter, locking ALS.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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ProCare Ambulance

ProCare Ambulance

2012 Ford F350 Type I Ambulance, Powercall Siren, Bariatric ready, complete Whelen LED package.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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UNC Hospital

UNC Hospital

2012 T270 Kenworth 4-door Type II Ambulance, 30” MAC lift, LED emergency lights, LED dome lights, emergency back up, ambulance module system.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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Whitesville

Whitesville

2012 Chevy K3500 Type I Remount with body condensor, LED’s, stairhciar storage, new paint, floor and upholstery.

Provided By Southeastern Specialty Vehicles

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