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Article and photos by Jerry KnappCaptain Bill Gustin from the Miami-Dade (FL) Fire-Rescue suggested I read the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report (#2010-10, 13 Sept 2010) describing a recent house fire that flashed over, killing one firefighter and injuring another. Bill is one of our nation’s fire service leaders and visionaries, and the value of his advice to read this and other NIOSH reports cannot be overstated. From these concise reports, we can all learn important fireground considerations that often determine if firefighters live or die during a fire attack operation. The reports are available free from NIOSH on its Web site. These reports sh...

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