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Putting the "fire" back in fire rescue

We all know that more and more of the incidents departments are responding to are medical in nature. In most cases, these incidents may account for 80 to 85 percent of the call volume. We train and have continuing education to stay proficient in our paramedic and EMT skills, but what are we doing to make sure we stay proficient in our firefighting skills, which are used in about 20 percent of our responses? If you are a company officer, are you making sure your crews are competent and capable of performing the "basic" fireground functions such as hooking to a hydrant, stretching preconnects, forcible entry, search and rescue, and setting up portable ground ladders? These tasks m...

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