Firefighting

GUARDING YOUR WIZARD

Issue 11 and Volume 153.

By CARL F. WELSER King Arthur enjoyed his partnership with Merlin the Magician. Harry Potter just finished his fourth adventure-packed year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. So why should anyone act surprised when a genuine wizard walks through the fire station door and requests a job application? Wizards have rights; they are people too. Properly managed, a wizard brings a lot to offer to the fire service. It’s a safe bet that every chief officer will encounter at least one wizard during his tenure. Some chiefs might even be able to write whole books entitled “Wizards I’ve Known.” So, let no one completely discount their existence. The real trick is to discern the line between fantasy and reality when it comes to wizardry. Most anyone who has learned to face a barn burner without a breakdown and can stand steady on a hoseline is able to detect…

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