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Firefighter Training: Live-Fire Training: Much Preparation for Safety

By Mark van der Feyst With the decrease in the number of structural fires that we attend each year comes complacency and rustiness. The fire service on a whole is seeing fewer fires than we did even 10 years ago. The lack of exposure and continual practice of our bread-and-butter operations is breeding a generation of firefighters who are deficient in structural firefighting, a high-risk event that occurs with less and less frequency. It seems that when we do respond to a structural fire, we have no time to think. This is a dangerous time for us, especially if we are rusty with our firefighting skills. In 2011, firefighters responded to 1,389,500 fires in the United States with 485,500 f...

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