9/11 Established Officially as “First Responder Day” in North Carolina.

RALEIGH – During the 2017 Legislative Session, the North Carolina General Assembly officially established September 11th as an annual legal holiday, recognized as “First Responder Day”. It was includ... Read More...

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Fire Physics: The New Offensive Fire Attack?

By now, you may have heard, there is a paradigm shift underway within the U.S. fire service — an old fire tactic from yesteryear that was resurrected in 2011 and is still being argued today. I am spe... Read More...

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The Active Shooter Threat: Fire and EMS Response Considerations Scene Safety: Fire and EMS at Active Shooter Events

As discussed in the first edition of this series, fire departments and EMS agencies have had to reassess their role in active shooter response after a series of deadly mass shooting events. For so lo... Read More...


What’s In Your Kit?

Do you carry a trauma kit? Is there one on your truck? Do you know what is in it? These are fairly simple questions, but contain a deeper context. Given the environment we work in today; it is safe t... Read More...


The New ‘Elephant’ in the Room: Carfentanil

Recently there has been several incidents where police officers and responders have been exposed to Carfentanil and the results have been catastrophic. For those that are not familiar, Carfentanil is... Read More...

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From the Editor

This issue marks our 32nd year as the Carolinas’ first responder trade journal. Four issues a year since 1985. R.B. Knight, our publisher, has always had passion for the fire and law enforcement... Read More...

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SELLING Your Hazardous Materials Response Program

Severe hazardous materials emergencies — train derailments, highway accidents, significant leaks at fixed facilities, etc. — are relatively few and far between for most jurisdictions. They can be cat... Read More...

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Hazmat Pre-Incident Planning and Management: Prior To, During and After the Incident

Traditionally, experience has taught hazmat responders that time spent conducting pre-incident planning activities in regard to possible hazardous materials incidents pays off huge dividends when the... Read More...


ASK ERNIE - "The Maintenance Apparatus Expert"

— Ernie questions answered by Anthony D. (Tony) Bulygo. What exactly does rollover protection on my apparatus entail? Rollover protection integrates the Stability Control system with that... Read More...

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Two Dates and a Dash in the Middle What Are You Going to Do With the ‘Dash?’

Two dates and a dash in the middle equates to your day of birth, your life and your day of death. The middle component is symbolized by a dash (-). So what does that dash mean?  Well let’s be honest,... Read More...

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Keep Safe In UTV Public Safety Rescue Essential Precautions for Deploying Side-by-Side with Rescue Skid Units

UTV chassis side-by-sides outfitted with appropriate medical or fire skid units complement most any agency’s first response fleet. Safety concerns surrounding their use, particularly when used for pa... Read More...

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‘As the First Line Goes So Does the Fire’

Fireground success can be achieved in a number of ways. The most critical way in my opinion is when the engine company gets the first hose line right. The statement,“As the first line goes so does th... Read More...

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How Hoarding Affects the Fire Service

The home of a hoarder is not a pretty one. Blocked exits, narrow hallways, falling objects and trip hazards, and rooms full of belongings and trash are common sights.  Reality television shows have f... Read More...

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Adjusting Extrication Techniques: Modified Dash Life (MDL)

(This is part two of a two-part series.) In part two of this two part series, the Extrication.Com Modified Dash Lift (MDL)will be introduced with step by step instructions. The MDL can be perf... Read More...

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Finding Comfort: Creating Comfortable Spaces to Relax at Work

(This is part two of a three part series.) In part one of Finding Comfort we covered the importance of recognizing the symptoms of chronic stress. The second part of this series covers assessm... Read More...

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Issue 33.4 | Spring 2019

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