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Firefighter Training: On the Line: Focus on the Basics to be the Best

By David DeStefano The fire service has a way of losing sight of the basics as we embrace the latest fad or gadget to prove what a forward-thinking and adaptive culture we have become. Although stagnation remains at the root of failure, basic skills save the most lives (including ours) at fires. Let’s be sure our basic skills and tactics are up to par before the next job. Following are some aspects of our job on which we MUST improve before we board the rigs.   Ground Ladders Fire departments large and small have invested millions of dollars in aerial devices of all sizes and design. These devices are often the safest and most efficient way to access an upper floor or roof. However, ...

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