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Industrial and Municipal Fire Department Interface

BY CRAIG H. SHELLEYIn many instances, the public will open the morning newspaper or turn on the evening news and see photos of a large industrial fire that had taken place or is still ongoing. What the public doesn’t see is the interface between the municipal fire department and the industrial fire department/brigade. This takes place behind the scenes and out of the camera angle and hopefully is a seamless process. The similarities and differences between the municipal and industrial fire departments in procedures, duties, equipment, and skills can affect this interface either positively or negatively. However, by working together and developing partnerships, municipal fire departm...

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