August Roundtable: Protecting Yourself on the Job

By John "Skip" ColemanAwhile back, I wrote an article on the Fire Engineering Web site that received a lot of negative feedback. My intent was to take a national problem that has plagued the fire service for more than 100 years and attempt to simplify it into very understandable and direct terms.Many departments and organizations have attempted to reduce firefighter fatalities. Some efforts are very parochial; some organizations have written many pages on the subject, intending to culturally change the fire service as a whole, moving it away from its tradition-laden practices.In the case of educating and directing change in the fire service, I do not believe “more is bette...

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