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Training: We Can't Do Our Job Without It

BY KEVIN WILSON Halfway through dinner at the firehouse, the bells ring, and you are dispatched to a working structure fire at an apartment building. On arrival, you perform a size-up. The complex manager, pointing to the second-floor apartment with heavy smoke coming from the window, tells you, "There is someone in that room!" You grab your tools, head up the stairs, force the door open, then close it immediately. You and your partner are now ready to enter. Receiving the hoseline, you rush inside to conduct a search and locate the fire. But after the fire is extinguished and ventilation clears out the smoke, you find a body. It is obviously a fatality that your actions could n...

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