Fire EMS

Let fire suppression do its job

Issue 1 and Volume 151.

Let fire suppression do its job Dan Baron Firefighter Milwaukee (WI) Fire Department My comments address a few components of the August 1997 issue, primarily the Letters to the Editor submissions concerning “Fighting Fires with Words,” (Editor`s Opinion, January 1997). I feel that the fire service is “positioned” and almost obliged to handle today`s many areas of concern mentioned–fire suppression, specialized rescue, public education, fire prevention, fire investigation, and so on. What I disagree with is the way that most department leaders have chosen to go about it–blindly taking on new tasks in the name of protecting staffing levels and handing them over to already overburdened line forces without the necessary training to do the job, sending off the troops to do more than they already are inefficiently and ineffectively doing. In many cases the line company is taken out of service, jeopardizing protection for the fire department`s first-due district.…

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