From The Jumpseat

By Mark J. CotterWhat follows is the first installment of "From The Jumpseat" - a series of articles discussing the science of firefighting from the standpoint of a working firefighter. My intent is to look at the big picture, but from below, to analyze organizational and strategic theories from the working end of a nozzle, tool, or rope; to address perennial fire service concerns (safety, accountability, command, training, preparation, etc) with the voice of one who suffers intimately when they are lacking; and look at the work we do, and the way we do it, in an instructional light.Currently, I am a volunteer firefighter/EMT in a busy combination department where members can serve in vir...

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