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Justin Graney
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  • Wake Forest, NC
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Lives in:
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Rescue Company 30, Crash Fire and Rescue
Fire Engineer
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
IFSAC Firefighter Level II
IFSAC Airport Firefighter
IFSAC Fire Officer Level 2
IFSAC Fire Instructor Level 2
NC Emergency Vehicle Driver
IFSAC Driver Operator-Fire Pumps
IFSAC Fire and Life Safety Educator Level 2
Topics you provide training for:
Officer Development
Fire Officer Leadership
Incident size up and tactical priorities
Engine Company Operations
Areas of expertise:
Aviation Fire and Rescue
Justin Graney is the Officer Development Instructor for Tailboard Firefighting of North Carolina. Justin's career has spanned through several organizations, both career and volunteer with experience in every position from Firefighter through Battalion Chief. In addition, Justin works within the private industry as a partner in an advertising firm and represents the legal and contractual interests for a non-profit.
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Close Call much?

Close calls happen more often than we admit

In my short career of just over 10 years, I have unfortunately been involved with two close call incidents. For a long period of time, I was simply unable to speak about those incidents. If I needed to talk about them, I joked about them or brushed them off like it was nothing. Many of my closest friends don’t even realize how these two incidents truly affected me. I actually didn’t communicate my thoughts about my situations until I was…


Posted on March 11, 2014 at 8:02pm

Brotherhood isn't dead

“Never Forget” is a slogan that the American fire service enjoys using. People never forget major events, brothers that have gone before us, or historical fire service moments, though it often drifts far from a firefighter’s daily thoughts over time. Sometimes a small show of brotherhood is delivered in a way that makes it difficult for one to have an important memory far from their thoughts. I have questioned over the past few years if true brotherhood is a dying breed. All too often it is…


Posted on November 24, 2013 at 7:59pm

"It is all what you make of it"

My entire life, my parents have told me “it’s all what you make of it.” Like any kid, I would roll my eyes and say, “ok whatever”. The truth is, everything in your life is “all what you make of it.” As a firefighter in today’s fire service, this statement is true more than ever.


I believe that we can all agree that the fire service is changing. In some ways there is change for the better and in others, it seems the changes occurring are having a negative effect on the…


Posted on October 7, 2013 at 9:43am

Rapid Intervention: A dreaded assignment or a progressive task for the elite?

Rapid Intervention: A dreaded assignment or progressive task for the elite?


Years ago, I hated to hear the words “Engine 212, take Rapid Intervention.” There was nothing worse than having to grab the assignment of RIT (before the terminology changed to “RIC”). You don’t get to fight fire, search, or get dirty and worst of all, you grab a RIT bag and stand in the front yard for hours.


In 2005, Captain Chris Wilson of the City of Raleigh Fire Department…


Posted on August 1, 2013 at 11:43am — 1 Comment

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