From the Jumpseat: Constructive Pessimism

02/04/2008
Part 18By Mark CotterTired and lazy are two very different conditions. My department responds to plenty of fire calls--almost 3,000 last year. That may not be "busy" compared to some communities, and most of these are not actual fires, but it's certainly more calls than most of my previous departments responded to. I ran 13 alarms on a recent 24-hour tour, none of which (amazingly) was an automatic fire alarm. It's not unusual for us to go directly from one call to another.Suffice it to say, we have ample opportunities to perform the basics of the response sequence: note address and nature; don person protective equipment (PPE); climb into seat; connect seatbelt; attach SCBA; check all ge...

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