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By John F. “Skip” ColemanThe fire service is evolving at an electrifying pace. Things that were unheard of a few years ago are now taking place. When my father came on the job in 1952, the police did EMS work. To be sure, the fire department was called when a building collapsed or a train hit a car, but the police responded to an ill-person call. I don’t have to tell you where the Toledo (OH) Department of Fire and Rescue is today as it relates to EMS—up to its eyeballs.This month’s Roundtable concerns perhaps the third-largest expense to a fire department: fire apparatus costs (first is staffing; second is building, namely the cost of a fire station).I remem...

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