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Fire Safety: Responsibility and Response Ability, Part 1

By Eric G. Bachman Fire department profiles are different in organization, staffing, and equipment. Every fire district, too, is different and serves areas typically classified as rural, suburban, and urban. The factors that influence fire department profiles are many and include common circumstances such as the economy and financial support. Another factor that shapes and influences their profiles, at least should include, is what the fire department protects. Often, considering the protected elements is a closed-minded assimilation to noting classical target hazards in a community. However, what a fire department protects goes far beyond the built environment; it should include a compre...

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