A Few Ideas to Cutting Stress
We are in that time of year for seasonal changes, temperature dips and spikes, deer/turkey/duck seasons, and of course, preparations for the EMS Symposium in
Are You the Kind of Boss You Would Want to Have?
Several years ago, I had the privilege to spend a weekend learning from Chief Alan Brunacini when he came to the South Piedmont Community College
Avoid Duplication of Spaces to Control Your Construction Costs
The cost of construction, like almost everything, seems to go up every year. Rarely during my 30-year career have I witnessed any expense associated with
Cancer is Everyone’s Concern
We have known for quite a while now that cancer is affecting firefighters in an unprecedented manner. You can’t go to a conference, class, or
City of Lancaster Fire Department
Department Name: City of Lancaster Fire Department County: Lancaster Type Department: Combination Department Chief Justin McLellan Structure: Brick ISO: Class 1 Number of Stations: 2
Crossword Puzzle – 01/23/20
Download Crossword PDF ACROSS 1 A fireline trench is a trench on the downhill side of fire burning on steep slopes that is supposed to
Developing an Active Shooter Program for Today and Tomorrow
It’s December 2012 and Americans are reeling from the tragic events of the Sandy Hook mass shooting. Politicians and leaders at state and local levels
Drones Enhance Firefighter and Responder Safety
Drones are dramatically impacting the fire service and public safety. The uses have expanded into so many operations and the lists continue to grow. What
Finding Common Ground
Emergency Medical Service (EMS) delivery systems across our state are just as diverse as the amazing men and women that provide them. While we wrestle
First Responders Feel There Are Repercussions for Seeking Help
When I was a little girl, my grandmother’s best friend had cancer. Everyone whispered the word “cancer.” It was as if you might get it
Full-Scale Emergency Exercises: Howdy Partner!
Testing emergency plans for response agencies, governmental entities, businesses, and schools is a must to ensure that plans on paper actually work under emergency conditions.
High Point Fire Department
Department Name: High Point Fire County: Guilford — Forsyth, Davidson, Randolph Type Department: Career/ Paid Structure: Municipal ISO: 1 Number of Stations: 14 Chief Thomas
The time has come for even those of us in the warmer climates to start seeing some occasional cold and ice. The next couple of
ICS/IMS Command Staff —
When we train on the Incident Management/Incident Command System (ICS/IMS), we often discuss the roles of the general staff — operations, planning, logistics, and finance/administration.
Industry News – 01/23/20
KIMTEK’s New FIRELITE® Answers FD Calls for Rear-winding ReelIn response to requests from fire departments, KIMTEK has introduced the FIRELITE® FHR-205, a new version of
Let’s Talk HazMat Opportunities
Oftentimes firefighters hear about the chance to join the HazMat team and are immediately transported to their unpleasant experiences with high school chemistry. And while
Managing the Beast Within While Protecting Your Family
The old adage of “you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your relatives” come to mind when thinking about our public safety community.
Paramedics are NOT a Commodity
All agencies of all sizes, from mountains to the coast struggle with staffing at times. Recruitment can be difficult for everyone, as all branches of
Passing the Torch
In the rescue service, like any other profession, there comes a time when older rescuers — those who have seen it all and who have
Recruiting and Training the Many Generations
Public Safety faces and addresses numerous issues regarding change in the workforce on a continual basis. In the sixties there was racial tensions that lead
Revisiting ‘Green Building’ for Fire Stations
“Green building” is not a new concept, but sustainability in construction has evolved over the past decade. Green building aims to reduce or eliminate adverse
Selecting and Training a Public Information Officer
In November, I was fortunate to be invited to join some well-known PIO instructors at Wake Forest University for a Public Information Officer (PIO) Basic
Shopping for Higher Education
If you have spent this past holiday season shopping for higher education, you are not alone. It would be perfectly understandable if you found it
So, What’s Your Excuse?
As I test Firefighters I often hear two excuses. Excuse No. 1 — I am getting older and therefore shouldn’t be expected to be as
System Overview Special inspections were first mandated in the North Carolina Building Code in 2012/IBC 2009. These requirements were listed, along with others, as any
The 7 Qualities Fire Service Leaders Must Possess
Being Competent (This is part two of a seven-part series on leadership.) During this series we will be examining the seven qualities that are necessary
The Decon Officer
Decon is the hazardous materials equivalent of catching the hydrant on a structure fire. Everyone wants to be on the nozzle, but if no one
The Transparency Principal, Stress Testing and Your Retirement
Transparency is truth. When I raised my hand as the 28th Treasurer for the State of North Carolina, I promised to bring transparency, instill this
What Do You Know About Your Member of Congress?
We are now at the midway point of the 116th Congress and approximately 11,500 pieces of legislation have been introduced in both the House and
When Hazmat and Technical Rescue Collide:
When the subject of air monitoring is brought up, it is almost always in the context of hazardous materials response. Rarely do hazardous materials responders