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CAAS and CAMTS Accreditation: How USP Good Distribution Practices Come Into Play

The business of emergency medical services is all about saving lives. That includes having the best-trained staff and most current technology and equipment to ensure both the fastest response times a... Read More...

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GROOM Generations in the Workforce

In previous articles we have identified the different generations that are either entering or are currently in the workforce of their chosen field. In the fire service, we are going to look at the ne... Read More...

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The POWER of Reading the Instructions

It may come as a surprise but the majority of firefighters have not read a very important document in regard to their personal safety.   Read More...

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The Incident Commander: A Prestigious, but Potentially Painful Proposition

We’ve spent the last year examining the Incident Management Organizational Structure. This structure includes the Command Staff (Safety Officer, Liaison Officer, and Public Information Officer) who k... Read More...

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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Digital Banking in the Age of COVID-19

A column devoted to answering your questions on consumer, mortgage, small business and non-profit investments and lending programs to help you navigate the new financial landscape.  Send your questio... Read More...

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Don’t Order the T-Shirts Chief... and Other Time Management Ideas

The fire department leaders I work with fight many battles on and off the fire ground. One that comes up most often is the battle with the clock. I frequently hear comments like, “I am always up unti... Read More...

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Plan For Your Retirement and Save More

The road to retirement is long and the process of preparing for retirement is long-term, requiring an unwavering commitment. Saving for retirement can be challenging in any given year, but this year ... Read More...

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Leadership: The Fundamentals

(Writers Note: This is hopefully the first of 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... Read More...

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How to Become The ‘Wolf of Aggressive Fire Ground Tactics’

Leonardo Dicaprio starred in the 2013 movie “The Wolf of Wall Street” where he played a very aggressive stockbroker that had an uncanny ability to motivate people. There is one scene where he is addr... Read More...

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The 7 Qualities Leaders Must Possess: Communications The 7 Qualities Fire Service Leaders Must Possess

(This is part four 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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Successful Leadership

Leadership can be a challenge in any industry, but it can be especially so in the emergency services world. Stress levels run high, budget challenges abound, and employee morale can dip in a sometime... Read More...

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Education Changes to North Carolina’s Firefighter Certification

Approximately every five years, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) releases updates to their consensus standards. NFPA 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, was la... Read More...

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Practice Makes (Almost) Perfect

Training is an essential part of every police, fire, rescue, and EMS department throughout the country. Incident command, disaster scenarios, active shooter response, fire response, medical response ... Read More...

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Just-In-Time Training

The Corona Virus is bearing down on the Carolinas like LSU in another college football smack down. Is it the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse or just more “fake news”?  Read More...

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Is College for You?

Do you think you are smart, but far from being a genius? Do you struggle with mathematics and/or English? Are you uncomfortable with the thought of reading a book because it’s been a while since you ... Read More...

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