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Sizing Up the Situation Before Arrival

By Daniel P. Sheridan A few months ago, I started a new assignment in my division at the Fire Department of New York (FDNY): I began covering the R Group in the 6th Division. This means that I work in the same four battalions when there is no normally assigned chief. The first weekend, I worked Saturday, and it was pretty uneventful. I went home that night and put on the local news. The weatherman said they were expecting high winds on Sunday, so I made a mental note: High winds and large buildings are a recipe for disaster. Any fire can easily transform from routine to a wind-driven event in a nanosecond. FIRST CALL I arrived at the firehouse Sunday morning, relieved the chief from the ...

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