The Brotherhood of Firefighters

By Bob Capaul In the April 2009 issue of Fire Engineering, my son, Justin Capaul, a lieutenant at Kootenai County (ID) Fire and Rescue (KCFR), wrote an article titled “Fire Service Brotherhood.” The article discusses the true meaning of brotherhood in the fire service and how it impacts each of us. In this article, I will discuss the direct impacts this brotherhood has had on me, my blood family, and my fire family. Throughout my 20 years in the fire service, I have thought a lot about the "Brotherhood of Firefighters." I have lived it, felt it, and watched it. What is it? What does it mean to me? What brought it about? These are questions that can’t be answered simply. If you ...

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