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From The Jumpseat: Talking It Out

By Mark J. CotterFour of us volunteers made up a truck company at a townhouse fire. I was accompanied by another "veteran rookie" - a seasoned firefighter who had recently moved to town and joined our company, and who was actually driving the apparatus - and two well-trained, but otherwise unseasoned, firefighters. One of those members was the acting officer of our team.The fire had started on the exterior of one of the units near the center of a row, on the street side. Even with an early discovery and rapid alarm, it had already extended to the interior on both of the two stories, and was licking at the eaves.Upon our arrival, the two senior (in department membership time) firefighters ...

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