Issue 2 and Volume 157.

By Richard A. Fritz In today’s fire service, it seems everyone wants to be a specialist. We have haz-mat specialists, emergency rescue specialists, underwater rescue specialists, technical rescue specialists, and the list goes on. Why is it that no one specializes in our primary mission? Why do we overlook the obvious when it comes to everyday responses and job functions? Why isn’t there an engine company specialist or a ladder company specialist? Why is the general fire service so resistant to even designating riding positions and specific job functions? When I began my career in the fire service, riding positions and job duties were an integral part of being a member of the engine company. Most positions were set in stone and you had to earn the right to get one of those positions. It has been 26 years since my first day on the job at Muscatine (IA) Fire…

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