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

01/23/2013
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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