"Close Calls"

Every department, large AND small, paid and volunteer, experiences "close calls." I've been involved in a few over my career not only as a firefighter and fire officer but in the role of incident commander. Too often these close calls seem to "die" on the fireground, or, worse, float throughout the department gathering steam and a few exaggerated facts along the way. That's the sad part. We who lived the experience tend to suppress the incident because of the potential of humiliation, fear, or some other silly emotion. Most of us consider ourselves "good firefighters," and if we can get ourselves into predicaments that culminate in a "close call," then who or what will prevent the...

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