To Train or Not to Train? That Is the Question

BY GARY LANE It's 9:45 ON Wednesday morning. Today's drill is scheduled to start in 15 minutes and will be finished by lunchtime. As the members start working their way into the kitchen, the usual commentary starts: "How long is this going to take? Do we really need our bunker gear again? It's too hot. It's too cold. I have sand in my shorts!" A typical fire department training session is coming together once again! As soon as the members top off their coffee cups and grab seats, class begins. The drill starts out fine. There are a few blank stares and a couple of jokes (usually made at the expense of the probie), but there are promises of getting to the "good stuff" m...

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