BY STEVEN MILLSThe cornerstone of the fire service is teamwork, which is evident in every aspect of our profession from training exercises to the most involved incident of our time. The fire service is rich in tradition, which is the means by which fire service teams evolve. Our method of organizing and functioning is not vastly different from that of years gone by. Firefighters are typically divided into companies (engine, ladder, rescue, haz mat) working rotating shifts. Work groups, however they are formed, generally contain people with a range of experience levels and abilities. Perhaps one of the greatest fire service challenges is organizing a group of firefighters with different ba...

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