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Protecting Our Most Valuable Asset: Occupational Safety and Your Hazmat Team

There should be no argument that the most valuable asset that our hazmat teams have is our personnel.  To look after the safety and well-being of our hazmat team personnel is not only first and forem... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Hazmat 2021

The Entry Briefing

The Entry Briefing is a crucial part of any hazardous materials incident. It must be conducted prior to the first Entry Team making access into the Hot Zone. Other tasks may have begun prior to the E... Read More...

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Both Sides Now

Once again, I am showing my age! In 1966, Joni Mitchell released a song called “Both Sides Now.” It later won a Grammy for best arrangement and instruments and vocals. It was later recorded by Anne M... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Barnyard Management

The Necessity of Drones in the Fire Service and Public Safety

In 2015, I wrote my first article in “Firehouse Magazine” about drones in the fire service. I recall identifying three major categories of potential use and perhaps four more possibilities. While I w... Read More...

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Setting Up a DFR Program Successfully

Although the concept of using a drone as a first responder (DFR) originated within law enforcement and has seen significant success there, the application of drones as first responders has considerab... Read More...

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Ending the Pandemic by Vaccination

(Editor’s note: This column was written before Pfizer began shipping the vaccine on Dec. 14.) The purpose of this column is to briefly describe the process vaccines must go through to prove th... Read More...

Relevant Tags: EMS

Teamwork DEFINED

For this article, I have a few questions for you to ponder and answer on your own. Once you do that, I hope you can utilize your answers to help foster an improved environment of teamwork. First, do ... Read More...

Relevant Tags: EMS

A New Administration and Congress: It’s Time to Introduce Ourselves

Now that we have elected a new president, the question is if he will be a strong supporter of the fire and emergency services.  The answer is quite apparent.  Yes, Joe Biden will support the fire ser... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Update from Capitol Hill

Generational Mentorship

Today’s workforce is already a complicated and multi-generational challenge. If you are a Baby Boomer and looking to develop your staff, are you ready for the challenge of ‘change’? Read More...

Relevant Tags: Recruiting & Retention

The Art of Rescuing Victims

In the water-based environment, we find ourselves operating in a space that is truly fluid. Evolving, changing, reactive, dynamic. This is not dissimilar to the fire environment. Structural presentat... Read More...

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Agricultural Equipment Rescues

Rescue Instructors occasionally have the pleasure of teaching a class of exceptional quality and fun, the fulfillment of seeing the rescue students really “get into the class.” I experienced those fe... Read More...

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Leadership: Our Biggest Failures

(This is the second in a series of articles focused on leadership in the fire service. It is directed more for the volunteer side, but certain principals can be applied to the career side as well.)... Read More...

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2020 Hindsight Will Never Sound the Same

Another year has passed and for many of us it was a year of defining experiences. The COVID-19 pandemic affected us all in one way or another. The health crisis quickly turned into an economic crisis... Read More...

Relevant Tags: News From the N.C. State Treasurer

The 7 Qualities Fire Service Leaders Must Possess — Courtesy

(This is part five of a seven-part series on leadership.) During this series we will be examining the seven qualities that are necessary for a leader to be successful in leading the organizati... Read More...

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Slow Year for PIO

Make no mistake – the year 2020 was a crazy, tough, chaotic year for many. It was a year that will go on record as one if not the most memorable years ever. A chaotic year full of contradictions, sur... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Feature