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When the Ground Moves

In the last few years in some sections of North Carolina, it seems as if the rainfall just won’t end. At DuPont State Recreational Forest in calendar year 2020, one of our rain gages measured 120 inc... Read More...

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Suspension Trauma: A Lethal Cascade of Events

(This is part one in a series on Suspension Trauma.) In 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that there were over 212,000 industrial related falls that resulted in serious injury, 60... Read More...

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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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The Rescuers: A Tribute to the Men and Women Who Make a Difference

Calendar year 2020 has been a rescuer’s challenge for extremes, from natural disasters, floods, massive forest fires, COVID 19 and all of its ramifications, over 20 named storms and hurricanes to dat... Read More...

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LOW Angle Rescue

Many fire departments today are compelled to offer rope rescue capabilities to the communities they serve. This is a challenging task for any department. Staying current with techniques and technolog... Read More...

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Ear Injuries from Public Safety Diving

Ear problems are the most common reported Public Safety Diving injury. Public Safety Divers as a rule don’t often dive as deep as their commercial and recreational counterparts, so most don’t ever co... Read More...

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Elevated Water Storage Tank Rescues

In the rescue service, rescuers can expect to receive the call that a person on an above ground water tank requires rescue. Generally you would expect this to be maintenance or service personnel who ... Read More...

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Surface Supply Diving — Pros and Cons

Surface Supply diving has progressively started to become a more popular choice in the world of Public Safety Diving. While most of the fire and police department dive teams still rely on traditional... Read More...

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Rigging Low Angle Rescue Systems

“Low angle” rescue evolutions are those revolutions that are basically performed upon slopes less than vertical. Historically, these rescues are on slopes ranging from 15 degrees up to about 67.5 deg... Read More...

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Extrication Training Strategies

Well, first and foremost, “I’m Back.” The Coronavirus has not done me in, as I have several bushels of limes to take care of any issues that may arise.  Read More...

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Understanding the Rescue Task Force Concept

By now the term Rescue Task Force (RTF) should be pretty widely understood in all emergency services organizations. Read More...

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That rare find ...THE VOLUNTEER

All-volunteer Rescue Squads, at least in North Carolina, over the last 15 years have seen changes. As I approach 46 years as a volunteer in the rescue service this coming December, I have personally ... Read More...

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Using UAVs And Helicopter Together

I have written past CFREJ articles about the respective roles and uses of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV drones) and helicopters in search and rescue. Both are extremely useful tools in the search and... Read More...

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