BY SHAWN PERRYDeise was a high-profile exception to a mountain of statistics that still depict the lives of firefighters as eventful but brief. Whether you belong to a big city or a rural department or are a career or a volunteer firefighter, you have bought into a lifestyle package that says, "It's a great career, but chances are you won't have much time left when it's over." As the passionate debate continues on how to balance safety and effectiveness on the fireground, some sobering statistics abound regarding the probable fate of firefighters. THE FIREFIGHTER CULTUREThe dark side to our chosen occupation involves a fate of which we have nearly total control. The fate to wh...

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