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Crossramming

Isaac Frazier has another vehicle extrication quick tip.
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Mark vonAppen      

Be Prepared

The nature of our business is to respond to chaos. The manner in which we prepare should never be, Mark vonAppen writes.

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Are You Dedicated?

There is no calculation to quantify your level of dedication, P.J. Norwood writes.

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Losing Our Experts

Where have the craftsmen gone? David Rhodes with the Hump Day SOS.
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Make It Count

Make your time meaningful in your own way, says Bill Carey.
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Jeremy Rebok      

Changing Terms = Same Previous Tactics

Terminology changes doesn't mean the business has changed, writes Jeremy Rebok.
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This Training Guide should be mandatory reading for every firefighter. The information is of unparalleled importance. If a firefighter does not understand the limitations of his personal protective equipment, then he is at tremendous risk and places his entire company at tremendous risk. Understanding the limitations and capabilities of personal protective equipment should be the first field-oriented training a firefighter receives. J. Randall Lawson does an outstanding job describing the effect that heat has on gear and how the unprepared and uneducated firefighter can be burned.

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