(November 2011)

Stronger denouncement of flawed tactics "The Dangers of Illegally Converted Private Dwellings," by Jerry Knapp and George Zayas of the West Haverstraw (NY) Fire Department (Fire Engineering, June 2011), used a January 14, 2011, fire as an example without any mention of dangerous flaws in the strategic and tactical decisions made that nearly caused a firefighter fatality. To describe such an operation without any criticism is a disservice to your readers who trust a rigorous peer review process, which would flag mistakes and thus protect them from repeating the same fundamental errors. The authors state: "Before the (first) line was stretched and operating, reliable neighbor...

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