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Firefighters battle two-alarm fire on New Year's Day

On January 01, 2012, at 13:47 hours, Rocky Mount NC Fire units were dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1201 Eastern Avenue.  When the first due companies arrived on-scene they found a larg... Read More...

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Rocky Mount NC Fire Fighters Rescue Child from Blazing Home

At 11:50 PM on January 5, Rocky Mount (NC) 911 received a call from a neighbor reporting a structure fire at 927 Stokes Street.  Rocky Mount Fire units Engine 5, Engine 1, Ladder 10, Ladder 30, Squad ... Read More...

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HAIX New 11-inch leather bunker boots now available from TheFireStore.com

TheFireStore.com , the leading online source for firefighting equipment and supplies, brings the latest German engineered fire boots to US Firefighters. The HAIX Fire Hero Xtreme and Fire Hunter U... Read More...

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM 9-11 The ‘Ghosts’ of 9-11 revisited

Over 10 years ago an event took place that changed the whole attitude of not just a country, but a world. Homicide terrorists targeted innocent people in an attempt to prove a point. Three hundred an... Read More...

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LESSONS LEARNED: Homeland Security Suspicious packages

The report of a suspicious package these days has become the fire services new general fire alarm. Like a fire alarm the suspicious package is a false call 99 percent of the time, yet we tend to respo... Read More...

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HAZMAT: Decontamination - cleaning up Some new, some old techniques

Whenever hazmat responders discuss the most exciting and interesting facets of the hazmat response world, decontamination is usually not at the top of the list. Decontamination is, however, an essenti... Read More...

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HAZMAT Explosions: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?

A series of explosions occurred in Henderson, Nevada (a Las Vegas suburb) on May 4, 1988. The explosions virtually destroyed two industrial facilities, cracked windows and buffeted a Boeing 737 on fin... Read More...

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Where are we going as volunteers in the fire service?

Earlier this year about 125 leaders of volunteer and combination fire departments were asked to come to Washington, D.C. to put together a blueprint for the future of volunteers in the fire service. ... Read More...

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Fire service leadership

(This is the first of a multi-part series on leadership.) Ripples in the water As a child, my grandfather used to take me fishing at a pond near his house. I remember well how he sat on the... Read More...

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FIGHTING WILDFIRE ON TODAY’S BUDGET Fire at the Wildland Urban Interface

(This is part one of a two-part series.) What are the differences in fire behavior and control between structural and wildland fires? What are a few possible misconceptions some of you may have?... Read More...

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Alternative apparatus purchasing

During this economic down turn the fire service is being forced to keep apparatus longer due to budget cuts. Fire apparatus are expected to remain in service for 20 plus years, this is causing fire d... Read More...

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EMS: Compassion - Do you have it?

Compassion. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines compassion as “sympathetic consciousness of other’s distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” One would think that those working in emergency m... Read More...

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ASK ERNIE: Mechanical Seals, Pump Packing & More Apparatus Maintenance Q & A

What is the difference in mechanical seals and pump packing? Pros and cons of each? Prior to mechanical seals, every pump had a mechanical seal of some style. Early centrifugal and positive disp... Read More...

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EMS Challenges of bariatric patients - Part 2 Treatment and Techniques

(This is part two of a two-part series on bariatric patients. To read part 1, click here .) The obesity epidemic is hard to miss for those working in the health care profession; it is evident e... Read More...

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The dollars and sense of medical simulations SIMULATION TRAINING RETURN ON INVESTMENT

In the first article of this four-part series on medical simulation and gaming, I encouraged you to consider using innovation when educating your first responder staff members. The best way for educat... Read More...

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