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Announcing the 2nd Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in October

The Charlotte Firefighters Association will be hosting the 2nd annual 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb on October 13, 2012 to honor the 343 fallen firefighters, 23 NYPD, 37 PAPD and 15 medics lost on Septemb... Read More...

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From the Editor - Summer 2012

When we received Lee Wilson’s photo for the cover we immediately thought of brotherhood. If you ask 10 people what brotherhood means to them you’ll get 10 different answers. What does brotherhood mean... Read More...

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Fire service tools: Ropes and Knots

Rope has been used in the American Fire Service for well over 150 years. It is one of the tools still used in service today, but with many advances thanks to science. As with many things in the fire ... Read More...

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Health Care Reform and EMS: at odds or at peace?

There’s a saying that the only thing you can count on is change, and that’s especially true when it comes to providing emergency services. Whether you’ve recently begun using an electronic medical re... Read More...

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The new plan: Using wirelessly connected monitoring equipment to protect First Response Hazmat teams

From the time it capsized at a refinery dock in Texas City, the listing barge — loaded with 235,000 gallons of sulfuric acid — began seeping its toxic, corrosive load into the 30-foot-deep waterway. ... Read More...

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Returning to the Foundations: foam fire streams

Foam fire streams are one of the few fire streams that have a special purpose. That purpose is a four-fold plan: Separating fuels from fire Cools temperature of the fuel and surround... Read More...

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Rainbow Stew: The importance of "good education, good healthcare and a good job" in the Fire Service

With national elections on the horizon, we are constantly bombarded by each candidate’s economic quick-fix version which usually only serves to raise the debt ceiling culminating in just another “rai... Read More...

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Volunteer Firefighters: Who the heck do you think you are?

I’m really tired of reading about volunteer firefighters doing stupid things! Some people already think of us as tobacco chewing, redneck, 4X4 truck driving, “belly-hanging-over our-belts,” wanna-be ... Read More...

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Fire Station Design: the single story vs. multi-story firehouse

“Should our new station be two floors or one floor?” It’s not unusual for this question to be brought up during the preliminary stages of public safety station design, and it’s one that we’ve hear... Read More...

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Apples to apples - Writing apparatus specifications The life you save may be your own

(This is part three of a four part series on writing specs for your apparatus.) In this article we will review the steps involved in opening the bids. Step one — open the bid. We are done becaus... Read More...

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Fire Service Safety: Avoid aggressive ignorance on scene

Several years ago I was at the scene of a 1,000 gallon Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tank that was laying on its side leaking what was clearly liquid, creating a large white vapor cloud around the ta... Read More...

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Fire service leadership: Learn the rules of life

We all live and die by rules. We have all had rules to live by since the day we were born in most cases. Don’t do this, do this, always do this — you know the list! As you grew up you learned and wer... Read More...

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NAEMT works with American Council on Exercise (ACE) on EMS Fitness Project

To help improve the health of EMS practitioners and reduce the number and severity of injuries, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) has embarked on an EMS Fitness Projec... Read More...

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EMS patient interview techniques

How many times have you gone on EMS runs and had to play detective? Most of us would say just about every time we have responded to a call. We normally do not walk up to a patient and hear them state... Read More...

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What are ‘they’ doing to ‘my’ retirement - what do retirement system changes mean for firefighters?

The lives of many diligent and hardworking folks in the Columbia area over the past several months have been dedicated to the legislative process surrounding the revisions to the S.C. State Retiremen... Read More...

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