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Civilian rescue challenges

This refers to Sean Gray's "Lessons Learned from a Civilian Rescue" (Fire Engineering, September 2013). This past June 2, after about 20 years in the fire service, I participated in the removal of a civilian victim from a residential house fire—the first and perhaps the only one of my life. In the hours and days after, I spent a lot of time reviewing the event as part of firehouse chats and in personal moments when you have those insightful self-reflections concerning what went right and what went wrong. While reading Gray's article, I found myself right back in the moment and was nodding my head in agreement based on what happened on that otherwise normal Sunday morning. After ...

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