By Denise L. Smith, Ph.D., and Craig Haigh, CFO, NREMT-PFire departments must constantly struggle to find a balance between the desire to implement new programs, including on-scene rehabilitation, and the reality of finding the resources to do so. National standards, such as those of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), can help by providing a national perspective as to what programs or policies are essential. But they may also complicate the equation by seeming to suggest that programs must be implemented without providing a convincing rationale for the benefits or explaining how they should be funded.1 An exhausted firefighter is rehabbed. Notice the removal of protective e...

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