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 Roof Crickets: What's Your Operation?

From the Fire Engineering Vault: Amusement Park Fires

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Jason Hoevelmann      

How Much Is Enough?

Jason Hoevelmann says the question should be, instead: Are we, as a department, good enough to quit practicing?
Doug Mitchell      

Ordinary, Yet Extraordinary

Doug Mitchell reflects on those called to give their all on 9/11/01.

David Rhodes      

Fork in the Road

David Rhodes has your Hump Day SOS.
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Grace Under Fire

William Knight on stress inoculation training for firefighters.

Jeremy Hurd      

How to Start a Chaplain Program

Jeremy Hurd on one of the time-honored traditions of the fire service.
Isaac Frazier      

Fancy Names

Isaac Frazier challenges you to research your choice methods and look at how to efficiently complete them and why/how they work.




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