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BY AL HOMYou are a firefighter assigned to a ladder truck company. Your regular apparatus, a state-of-the-art tower ladder, is in the maintenance shop. You and your company are operating with an old relief apparatus, a truck that has the basic 100-foot sectional metal aerial ladder and no prepiped waterway.Your company is dispatched on a full assignment to a reported structure fire. En route, the dispatcher at the communications center notifies all the responding units that many phone calls are coming in. Your adrenaline starts to pump. You arrive at the scene of a large structure that is fully engulfed in flames. The incident commander determines that there is no life safety involved and...

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