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First-Due Battalion Chief: Going with Your Instinct

By Daniel P. SheridanFirefighters are like musicians playing in a symphony--each firefighter knows his role in the fire as a musician knows his instrument. Sections like the strings are similar to an engine company, playing their part in the symphony. The chief, of course, plays the role of the conductor. Like in a symphony where the conductor knows exactly how each instrument is supposed to sound, the chief is expected to know each of the positions at a fire. A conductor would never play a viola at a concert, nor would a chief grab a tool and start forcing a door.In my department, promotional exams are extremely competitive. Firefighters and officers spend hundreds, even thousands, of ho...

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