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It's Gallons Per Minute that Put the Fire Out!

BY JEFF SHUPE It's 2:45 p.m. on a bright summer day. Your engine company has been dispatched with a full box alarm assignment for a reported fire in a building. You and your crew are now responding through the streets of your district. Fire Dispatch Center notifies you en route that you are first due. As you get within a couple of blocks of the reported location, you see a column of grayish smoke in the distance over the rooftops of the buildings. As your engine turns the corner into a block of commercial buildings, you see a medium to heavy smoke condition that is starting to bank down in the street. It's a working fire in a one-story taxpayer. The smell of the smoke indicates involvemen...

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