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Fire Commentary: Picking up the Gauntlet

U.S. firefighter life safety and the Swedish firefighting modelThe following article represents the author's opinion and does not reflect the opinion of Fire Engineering magazine.Article by Scott RitterPhotos by author except as otherwise notedIt is not as though Dr. Stefan Svennson, a fire behavior scientist and instructor with the Swedish Fire Rescue Agency, didn't give fair warning to those in attendance at the Fire Rescue International conference's International Forum, held on August 24, 2007, in Atlanta, Georgia. "I will probably be telling you things you don't like to hear. I will be impolite and insolent; some of you will probably get angry at me."1For the next hour or so, Dr. Sven...

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