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Winds, Frigid Temperatures Complicate Cliffside Park Fire

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David Rhodes      

Brotherly Advice for the Soul

David Rhodes on getting transferred to a new station or taking a new job.
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The Facts on SLICE-RS

Eddie Buchanan takes a look at some aspects of the tactical acronym.
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Vacant Multi-Family

What are your search considerations under fire conditions? A new scenario from Skip Coleman.
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The Engine Company and the Power of One, Part 1

What can a single company accomplish? Chris Langlois has some thoughts.
Dave LeBlanc      

Who Looks After the Victims?

Dave LeBlanc on what fire research and tactical shifts may imply about victim rescue.
Isaac Frazier      

Time to Recline

Isaac Frazier on using the seatback to facilitate your extrication.




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Florida Gunman Sets House on Fire in Trap for First Responders

A man set his house on fire and then fatally shot a sheriff's deputy and wounded another Saturday when they responded to the scene, before he was shot to death by other law enforcement officers.

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