Issue 12 and Volume 138.

Rekindle An Old Problem with a New Twist CONSTRUCTION Have you ever had one of those days when things seem to start out too good to be true and end with everyone wondering what can go wrong next? Let me tell you about the shift that Murphy’s Law worked on before time in its infinite mercy blurs the details. It was the first shift of the new month and the first day of new station assignments, a newly promoted driver engineer (chauffeur), a newly promoted lieutenant, and three newly appointed rookies. The captain whom I was relieving gave me the good news/bad news routine. I took the bad news first, my dispatcher had called in sick. Because of re-assignments, the only person besides myself trained to operate the computer aided dispatch was a paramedic who was working his first shift as a fire lieutenant. The good news was that I…

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