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Crawford on RIT: Dangerous but Necessary Work

This year, the Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award went to Chicago Firefighter Larry McCormack for his rescue of a down firefighter--a stark reminder not only of the dangers firefighters face at every structure fire, but also of the perils members will undertake to rescue a comrade who is in danger. In his classroom Wednesday at FDIC 2012, Jim Crawford, assistant chief of the Midway (SC) Fire Rescue and retired Pittsburgh assistant chief, reviewed the evolution of rapid intervention over recent years. Crawford reflected on the many changes in standards, training, and equipment that have occurred for those situations in which firefighters must rescue another member who has gotten into troub...

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