Issue 3 and Volume 155.

BY GARY E. SEIDEL Firefighters are different from most workers in the United States in that there’s a much greater chance that firefighters may not return home from work at the end of the workday or that they may suffer some injury that may forever change their lives. The community watches as we climb ladders; drag fire hoses inside burning buildings; cut ventilation holes on rooftops; rescue persons trapped inside burning buildings; perform trench, confined space, and swiftwater rescues; conduct vehicle extrications, and perform a myriad of other tasks. What the community does not see is firefighters crawling on their stomachs down a treacherous hallway filled with black, toxic smoke, knowing that the ceiling may fall, the floor may collapse, or the room may explosively ignite; materials sloughing down on firefighters during a trench rescue; the atmosphere exploding in a confined space rescue; or a firefighter getting pinned on an…

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