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I was blown away by Michael N. Ciampo’s “Who had the Nozzle?” (On Fire, May 2009). In his column, he stepped outside of the stereotype many have of him as a “truck” guy and wrote about engine work. He made the “back page” not just about the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) but about something every firefighter across the nation could relate to.Ciampo made us think about the big picture of teamwork in placing the nozzle into operation. He helped us understand this important tactic from both the engine and truck points of view. And the small points he interjected (i.e., “reminding the chauffeur to pull past” and “stretching up to...

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