Firefighting

Letters to the Editor

Issue 5 and Volume 152.

Letters to the Editor Need more than fire suppression services Reference is made to the Fire Commentary articles “It`s Time for Us to Reclaim Our Fire Service,” Greg Falkenthal, and “Let`s Get Back to the Basics of Firefighting,” Jake Rixner (March 1999), which, ironically, I read with disbelief after returning from an EMS run. The engine company with which I responded delivered two jolts from an AED and used CPR to save a male patient. Believe it or not, our team performed this task, and the man wasn`t even on fire. Imagine that! In January 1990, we lost three firefighters in a residential fire. Two lost their lives, and one had to retire. One of those who lost their lives was my friend. If the “boondoggle two in/two out” rule had been in place, it`s quite possible these firefighters would still be with the department and their families. This is…

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