Be Prepared: Forge Relationships Now

Both North and South Carolina have just gone through an unprecedented weather event that rivals both Floyd and Matthew. Both states responded well and witnessed many acts of heroism and dedication fr... Read More...


Recovery in the Wake of Hurricane Florence Stress Management for First Responders

September saw Hurricane Florence test the banks of the eastern shore, but she also served as a powerful demonstration of our first responders’ dedication and resiliency.  Read More...

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Funding the Federal Government is Never an Easy Task

Each year, Congress must approve funding measures so that the federal agencies can perform their functions. The process, established by our forefathers many years ago, authorizes both the House and S... Read More...


Establishing Water Supply in Remote Locations

A few years ago, my volunteer fire department was looking at lowering the fire insurance rating, which was at the time a 9E rating. One of the problems we had, like many other departments in getting ... Read More...

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Ask, Care, Take Are You Thinking About Killing Yourself?

Well, now that I have your attention, let us examine a topic that is extremely important to our service, firefighter suicide.  It is terribly unfortunate that our service continues to lose more firef... Read More...

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First Responders Are Perfect Fit to Foster Children

The foster care system touches the lives of more than 7,000 children in South Carolina annually. Right now, there are more than 4,600 children from our communities in foster care. Recent Federal mand... Read More...

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Congress Takes Action to Address Cancer in the Fire Service

In my presentations, I often take humorous jabs at Congress for its legislative achievements – or lack thereof – and the 115th Congress is no exception. To date, over 15,500 measures have been introd... Read More...


Her Glasses

Do this. Take a nice long look at this photograph from the funeral for NYFD Lieutenant Michael Davidson that was held recently. Look past the widow’s glasses that are obviously in place to protect he... Read More...

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LOCKDOWN: This is Not A Drill

Almost daily news headlines appear with threats occurring all across the nation concerning active shooter situations. Active shooter incidents begin rapidly and end nearly as quickly. The Department ... Read More...


A Hidden Danger in Turbojet Nozzles

I recently uncovered what I see to be a danger for firefighters in structural interior firefighting. When it comes to interior firefighting, gallons per minute (GPM) is of the upmost importance in ex... Read More...

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The First Standard to Address Active Shooter Events NFPA 3000 Emphasizes Integrated Planning, Response and Recovery

It happened again. Another senseless mass killing in another unsuspecting community. Active shooter incidents and hostile events have become a common occurrence around the world. Over the course... Read More...

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The Cancer Blueprint for Change

We have all seen the images of the salty firefighter with the soot covered face, the stains on their gear and charred debris falling off their helmet and air pack. This was seen as a mark of experien... Read More...

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The Fire Service and the Big ‘C’

Here is this quarter’s pop quiz. Aside from heart disease, which can have a number of underlying precipitating factors, what is the deadliest disease in the United States? The answer is malignant neo... Read More...

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Reputation Management

In the past I have written about reputation management because it seems to me, for a while many major fire conferences across the country had someone speaking about this subject, “And the Beat Goes O... Read More...

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NFPA Training Helps Community Members Prepare Homes and Businesses for Wildfires

On Sept. 13-14, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host Classroom Training Week at the Embassy Suites in Charlotte. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about important wil... Read More...

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Issue 32.4 | Fall 2018

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