When I first started out in this job, I expected to fight fires. I knew that I would occasionally spend some time treating ill and injured people but, for the most part, I’d be fighting fires. Three months after being hired, excluding the occasional “company” drill and a few more formal citywide drills or training programs in firefighting, I could have stopped my formal education in the art and science of firefighting if I chose. There was and still is no mandated training requirement or recertification for firefighters in the state of Ohio.However, as we all know, things in the fire service have changed. About 25 or so years ago, we got into this “emergency medica...

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