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REHAB UNITS AT WORKby James Cline, Ed.D. A rehab unit is a specially equipped truck that responds to major fires or emergencies at which the health and safety of the firefighters operating on the scene may be jeopardized by the nature or duration of the incident or the weather. The unit provides shelter, blankets, hot and cold beverages, and a place to cool off in the summer and warm up in the winter. Firefighters enter the unit for rest, hydration, food, and medical evaluation. The National Fire Protection Association states in NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Health and Safety Program, 1992 edition, "All supervisors shall maintain an awareness of the condition of members operati...

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