From the Editor - Fall 2010

Community and volunteer fire departments, are like Friday nights and high school football, or October and pumpkins. In communities across North and South Carolina, you can’t drive very far without sp... Read More...

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Combustible metals: where fire meets hazmat

It is always interesting to find the points at which the various responsibilities with which the modern fire service is tasked intersect. For instance, paramedicine and auto extrication can frequentl... Read More...

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HAZMAT RESEARCH The nasty ‘R’ word is really not so bad

You have just arrived on the scene of a major hazmat incident and are looking forward to going into the Hot Zone to use what you have learned in Technician Class to “save the day.” Your well-intentio... Read More...

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Personal protection equipment for emergency preparedness

Committed to improve emergency preparedness and safety, fire and rescue departments across the U.S. have continuously searched for new personal-protection equipment (PPE) that provides greater protec... Read More...

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A new type of hazmat incident

Imagine the typical structure fire, and the various functions to be performed on the scene; fire attack, search, ventilation, water supply, overhaul, rapid intervention team (RIT), command, safety, e... Read More...

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NCSFA launches fund for NC firefighters

North Carolina’s 50,000 firefighters are this state’s everyday heroes. To ensure these men and women are safe, healthy, comprehensively trained and well-educated when called into action, the N.C. Sta... Read More...

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Safety and karma: a correlation?

I can somewhat relate to Earl Hickey, the fictional character portrayed on the now syndicated series “My Name is Earl.” Earl has a shady past to say the least. His one stroke of luck (winning the lot... Read More...

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Can you hear me now? Communicating in the volunteer fire service

When I began my career in the fire service, lime bags were used to communicate which direction the apparatus turned. If you are nodding your head, you understand the concept of throwing lime bags, an... Read More...

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Fire volunteers: A dying breed?

How many times have you heard in the past that we are losing our volunteers in the fire service? We all know the story; we are losing them due to work schedules. Too many people are working two or th... Read More...

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Doing Your Homework Grant writing is not just a once-a-year chore

In 2009 the Department of Homeland Security received slightly over 21,000 applications for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. They funded approximately 9,000 of those. In 2009 only o... Read More...

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Communication breakdowns Making Emergency Scene Communication Training and Discipline Mandatory for Safety’s Sake

In almost every after action report I have ever read involving a major incident, one of the things that has been pointed out as a challenge or point for improvement. is on scene communications. As an... Read More...

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Concord HS Fire Academy dedicates newest member

Concord High School in Concord, North Carolina has a special program for its students interested in the fire service. The NC Dept. of Public Instruction and the Office of the State Fire Marshal have ... Read More...

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HAZMAT — BENEFITS OF PCR Rapid field identification of biological threats

Hazmat, firefighters, and other first responders who have been tasked with incident scene management need reliable information available to them in a timely manner in order to effectively manage inci... Read More...

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TAMING THE BEAST A physician’s evaluation of the NFPA 1502 Standard

(This is part one of a three-part series on health for first responders.) As occupational medicine physicians, we get a lot of questions from fire departments about the 1582 Standard. In this th... Read More...

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What about Bob?

One of the constant challenges of being a leader is trying to keep the troops motivated. A good leader is always seeking new and innovative methods, procedures and methods to keep their staff, and me... Read More...

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