Fireground Search: How Do you Know?

By Jerry Knapp Firefighters take house fires for granted, but I'm not sure why. House and residential fires in America account for a death rate (on average) of one every three hours or about eight per day. Residential fires account of an annual loss of about $6 billion, which is about half of all property lost to fire in the United States. It is difficult to understand a billion dollars, so in different terms, about $200 per second is lost.  Clearly, especially one- and two-family house fires are a huge problem, a violent killer of civilians and firefighters. Maybe the reason we don't take house fires as seriously as we should: in our local area, our first-due area, our town, our cou...

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