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    Learn About the Fire and Rescue Service

    +Volunteer Firefighters+* Over ninety percent of the firefighters in the United States are volunteer firefighters. These men and women live in the community and want to make it a safer place. Frequently the local firehouse is the focal point in the community. The fire engines, and trucks are purchased with donations raised from the community. Becoming a volunteer firefighter is not ...
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    Is Your Training What it Should Be?

    Is Your Training What it Should Be?
    When you read this we will be moving into early Fall. I hope everyone’s Summer was good, and you were able to enjoy some family time, personal time and just good “ole” down time. Something we all need in our careers as Fire/Rescue/EMS providers. Sometimes we just have to put ourselves first, a totally different concept for some of us. In ...
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    Extrication: Do We Really Train Enough?

    Extrication: Do We Really Train Enough?
    The million-dollar question, do we really train enough in vehicle extrication? In our minds, most of us would say yes. In reality, the answer is probably no. Can we truly train enough? We could if extrication was the only responsibility we had in fire, rescue and EMS. But we know that most of us have many more responsibilities than just extrication. ...
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    Can You Do, What You Say, You Can Do?

    Can You Do, What You Say, You Can Do?
    This thought provoking article will probably stir some feelings, perhaps even rub some the wrong way, and maybe even get a few, “he hit that nail on the head.” Especially when we look at our capabilities as a rescue provider, and what our department says we can do. The way a lot of folks see it, if we do some training ...
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    Rescue at Peeks Creek: Hurrican Ivan

    I wrote in the winter issue that I would tell the story of the rescue up at Peeks Creek in Macon County, North Carolina. Well, here is the Readers Digest version of that rescue. We had just returned from our deployment in Morganton, for hurricane Frances, when word was coming down the pipes that hurricane Ivan may also target North Carolina. ...
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    Extrication at a Glance: Rollovers

    Extrication at a Glance: Rollovers
    In order to cover all the details involved in any specific type of extrication, one must first realize it would take more than a single article, perhaps a chapter would be in order. There are several factors that must be considered when discussing any type of vehicle extrication. We are dealing with a wide degree of expertise, that ranges from the ...
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    Mapping in the New Age Part III

    *Computer Mapping in the 21st Century* Computers have become a major player in our lives over the past 10 years, and the ability to keep up with the technology lies only with those who can upgrade their computers several times a year. Unfortunately, most of us in public safety are still hoping to upgrade from two years ago. Email has become ...
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    Mapping in the New Age Part II

    I first would like to share some information that all Instructors like to hear from classes they have taught. Several weeks back, I taught a heavy truck rescue class at the Cooper’s Fire Department in Nash County. On Friday of the following week, I received a phone call from Assistant Chief Jamie Moss, in reference to a motor vehicle crash that ...
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    Mapping in the New Age Part I

    I first would like to share some information that all Instructors like to hear from classes they have taught. Several weeks back, I taught a heavy truck rescue class at the Cooper’s Fire Department in Nash County. On Friday of the following week, I received a phone call from Assistant Chief Jamie Moss, in reference to a motor vehicle crash that ...
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    Hazardous Materials Response

    Hazardous Materials Response
    We all learned during our basic EMT class that we should always park upwind from the accident scene in case there are hazardous materials involved. Now lets be honest, how many of us even think about parking upwind, or for that matter even know which way the wind is blowing when we leave the station? When responding to most accidents, we ...
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    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 2: Exploding Hood Struts

    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 2: Exploding Hood Struts
    In Part 1 of this series we discussed the dangers that airbags present, when involved in a vehicle fire. Another danger that we face in today's vehicle fires is the Compressed Gas Strut. Most of us call them hood struts, thinking that they are used to hold the hood up. This is true, but they are also used on trunk lids, ...
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    Tower Rescue: A Specialty All Its Own

    Tower Rescue: A Specialty All Its Own
    On August 9th through the 12th, the North Carolina Fire Marshall’s Office, Department of Insurance, Fire and Rescue Division, along with the Atlantic Beach Fire Department, hosted the first pilot program for tower rescue. The classroom was held at the main Atlantic Beach Fire station and the practical work was held in Morehead City, at one of their cell tower sites. ...
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    Are You Ready for the Hurricane Season?

    Are You Ready for the Hurricane Season?
    This is not a long article on swiftwater rescue, but a short reminder that Hurricane season is upon us. This year is predicted to be a very busy one, which could have an effect on us all. Our Team spent our June Training brushing up on our swiftwater skills. The following week, tropical storm Alberto dropped almost record amounts of rain, ...
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    Techniques for Responding to a Downed Aircraft

    Techniques for Responding to a Downed Aircraft
    We in the Fire, Rescue and EMS service are typically “A” type of personality and enjoy the adrenalin rush we get from the calls we respond to. That is not a bad thing since it takes this type of person to do the job we do. How many times have you heard someone tell you that they are glad that you ...
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    Are They Fixing or Bitching? Are You Leading or Retreating?

    Are They Fixing or Bitching? Are You Leading or Retreating?
    There is little doubt that in one of your firehouses right now, some members are engaged in a "solving the World's issues" discussion. The nature of firefighters is that we are fixers. Think about it. A woman calls 911. "My house is on fire! My baby's not breathing!! I smell gas! I'm locked out of my car." We respond and fix ...
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    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 1: Airbag Explosions

    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 1: Airbag Explosions
    This is a question that I ask myself, while preparing a vehicle fire class for our local department. In Oct. 2003, as a training officer for our department, I was putting a two hour class together on the dangers of vehicle fires. In a previous airbag class, I had used some pictures that I thought would be helpful in this class. ...
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    The New Normal, Light Weight Wood Construction

    The New Normal, Light Weight Wood Construction
    This article will talk about some of the construction components that we see going into new buildings, specifically single-family dwellings. Many of these items have been around for a while but it seems that we are really starting to see some significant fires in “newer” lightweight building construction and that should concern every firefighter in the country. We in the fire ...
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    School Bus Extrication - Part 4: Time for Extrication

    When this column reaches you, school for the most part will be out for the summer. However, there are year around schools all across the state. My step daughter Taylor, attends a year around middle school and attended a year around elementary school. So just because it may be summer, doesn’t mean that some of the school buses are not still ...
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    School Bus Extrication - Part 3: Time to Stabilize

    I hope this finds everyone well and the winter was not too bad. Sometimes it is a slight disadvantage when I write an article or column and it doesn’t reach everyone until several months later. I attended the Piedmont Fire Seminar in Winston Salem and had a chance to talk with a lot fireman. The seminar looked like it went well. ...
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    School Bus Extrication - Part 2

    School Bus Extrication - Part 2
    I hope this column finds everyone well. As I write this next part on bus extrication, and we look further into how buses are constructed, I have had the opportunity to teach several more classes on bus extrication. Each time I do a class I always learn more from my students and being able to experiment with techniques. We have also ...
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