The ‘Cycle of Mediocrity’ Its destructive effect on emergency services

“We Have Met the Enemy and it is Us.” No truer statement is applicable to emergency services in the United States and particularly in North Carolina than this. We in emergency services are losing our... Read More...

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Electronic Pre-Plans and Emergency Preparedness for schools

(This is part three of a three-part series on pre-planning.) More often than not, schools have standard procedures for responding to an incident or emergency that aren’t as effective or efficien... Read More...

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Emergency Response: Command and control

Is Command Failure An Acceptable Incident Outcome? One of the very hot topics of this century, so far, is the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) part of... Read More...

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Fire Service Leaders: Responding to the call ... for change

Change — “Make or become different.” — Merriam Webster Although not noted by Merriam Webster, this remains one of the most feared and loathed words in the fire service. Read More...

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Fire and Rescue Equipment: Make smart purchases to fit your budgets

As we move into the second half of the year, we can only look back at things that have happened and look forward to things that will. As our budgets get tighter, we have to look closer at our needs a... Read More...

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Rescue A-Z: Structural tower management

(This is part two of a three part series.) Last issue we discussed the importance of structural tower awareness to include construction characteristics, structural tower access and some associat... Read More...

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“Morale is the capacity of a group of people to pull together, persistently and consistently, in pursuit of a common purpose.” These words, spoken by Alexander Leighton, a sociologist and professor a... Read More...

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Fire Departments: Riding the roller coaster

After 28 years of traveling to fire departments, a skill that you develop is the ability within five to 10 minutes of going in a fire station door, to be able to assess when the conversation with tho... Read More...

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Thinking about starting a business?

Thinking about starting a new business? Maybe you have developed an expertise that you think is marketable or you have an idea for a new business venture. Or maybe you have a profitable hobby that yo... Read More...

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Brotherhood — baptized in fire

Well brothers and sisters of the fire service I am writing about the firefighter of my life for once and not the apparatus side, so please keep reading. I recently attended the South Atlantic Expo in... Read More...

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Lessons learned as the significant other of a firefighter

Welcome to a new column for Carolina Fire Journal. This column will be for the significant other. Significant other being defined as a person, such as a family member or close friend, who is importan... Read More...

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The importance of EKG monitored graded exercise stress testing

The concept of graded exercise testing is not new in screening for coronary artery disease/heart disease. The actual testing has gone from a V5, or one-lead, test in the 1960s and 1970s to a 12-17 le... Read More...

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Construction prices and fire or public safety facilities

What happened to the good old days when you could count on consistent construction cost inflation of three to five percent per year? If you were developing a Capital Improvement Plan for a new statio... Read More...

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Design build approach for facility renovation and construction

When your district is in need of renovation or expansion of an existing fire or rescue facility, or even a newly constructed station to accommodate growing demands, where do you turn? It can be daunt... Read More...

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Fire station construction on a limited budget

During trying economic times many builders are willing to work with organizations to accomplish construction due to the downturn that occurred in building over the last several years. Building costs ... Read More...

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