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    Navigating the Hiring Process

    Navigating the Hiring Process
    *+Networking+* The best way to standout in the hiring process is to understand the role of a firefighter. A great way to gain knowledge and experience in the fire service is to become a volunteer or reserve firefighter. These candidates will have made a name for themselves long before the testing process. Candidates often volunteer for departmental activities. These activities include ...
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    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 3: Fuel Tanks

    Is It Time to Change Our Training Yet? Part 3: Fuel Tanks
    Unlike the classic '57 Chevy or the luxury Lincolns and Cadillacs of yesterday, auto designers today are forced to meet many safety, economic, and environmental standards. These three standards affect most every part of the vehicle including the fuel system. h4. Safety One of the greatest threats to human survival in automobile collisions is fire. Ruptured fuel tanks, filler tubes, and ...
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    Decide if You're Ready to be a Firefighter

    Decide if You're Ready to be a Firefighter
    *+Basic Eligibility Requirements+* The fire department will post the entry-level requirements on the job description flyer. In order for a candidate’s application to be accepted, the minimum requirements must be met. While entry-level requirements vary from department to department, most require candidates to be at least 18 years of age. Some require applicants to be at least 21 years old. Most ...
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    Preparing for the Academy

    Preparing for the Academy
    *+Mental Conditioning+* It is extremely stressful to prepare for a manipulative exam knowing that if you don’t perform you will lose your job. Everyone in the academy has to perform to the minimum standards. There are NO exceptions. Being able to perform under pressure is critical. Remember, the training staff is there to help you be successful. The department has invested ...
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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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    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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    First Impressions

    “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This statement certainly applies to the interview portion of the firefighter exam, where you only have one opportunity to make a favorable first impression. Even before the start of an interview, the first thing the raters will notice about you is your overall demeanor and appearance. Your eye contact, facial ...
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    Pull-Up Tips

    This week, getting better at pull-ups is the subject of many people’s concern. As with the Pushup-Push Workout (linked below), this idea makes little sense physiologically, but it works. You never want to have an extended period of repeating the same exercises day after day, but you can do this workout for ten days, rest for three or four days of ...
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    Effective Management of Fireground Emergencies

    Effective Management of Fireground Emergencies
    *Over the next few issues we will discuss what is required to effectively manage fireground emergencies. We will discuss command failures in this issue. Additional segments will look at command competencies, cue factors, resource management, communications management, command post staffing, and command adjunct materials.* Command Failures One of the lessons that I have learned over the years is that most of ...
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    Run Faster

    I received several e-mails last week about running faster. A few requested workouts for their 1.5 mile, 2 mile or three mile PFT runs and several were runners who compete 5K and 10K races on the weekends. Since all these distances use relatively the same training philosophy - short distance , faster pace - I decided to answer them all ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Extrication for the EMT?

    Extrication for the EMT?
    I hope everyone’s summer went well. You know we tend to do less training in the summer, due to the heat, vacations and other family things. Now that fall and winter are here, our training will probably pick up some, as it should. Of course, when you read this, we will be into or finishing the holidays and the winter months ...
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    Hotel and Motel Fire Safety

    When traveling, it is important to become familiar with your surroundings. The United States Fire Administration would like you to review the following safety tips to assist you in preparing for fire safe traveling. +*Plan Ahead*+ p(. -When making your reservations, ask if the hotel or motel has smoke detectors and fire sprinklers. p(. -When traveling, take a flashlight with you. ...
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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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    What It Takes To Land A Job

    Landing a job in the fire service is truly a unique challenge. On average, there are over 100 candidates who apply for each opening. Since the competition is so intense, what does it take to be the top candidate? Many candidates believe it is important to be the "most qualified" individual in the testing process. The truth is that we are ...
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