BY MICHAEL P. DALLESSANDRODoes this scenario sound familiar to you? A new fire apparatus driver/operator candidate, midway through behind-the-wheel training, walks into your office and asks for a minute to chat. He breathes a big sigh, stammers a bit, and then finally spits it out. He doesn’t feel like he is cut out to be a fire apparatus driver. He thanks you for giving him the opportunity to try it, apologizes for wasting your time, and tries to make a quick exit. I agree that not everybody is cut out for the job of apparatus driver. I also can respect a person who recognizes when he is in way over his head and makes the right decision. However, if this happens regularly, this mig...

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