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Heavy Security

Several aspects of the fire service tend to be regional. Terminology of some apparatus and tools come to mind (what we in Toledo call a “dinky ladder” is called a “short” or an “attic” ladder in other departments). But even on a broader basis, operational issues tend to change from region to region. One issue that comes to mind relates to staffing. How is it that in Toledo, three-person truck companies (including the officer) work while in other cities they run with five- and six-person truck companies (including the officer)? Well, one reason is the required tasks the truck company must accomplish. Because of security reasons, it’s hard to force ...

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