Issue 12 and Volume 157.

The fire service continually strives to protect the communities we serve through training, innovative technologies and techniques, and a constant desire to do a better job. Although many of the components that make up the fire service have improved, we still continue to perish at an alarmingly high rate. In the past 25 years, the fire service has done many things to attempt to protect our personnel and give them the tools to perform their jobs in the safest possible environment. The days of rubber fire coats and day boots have given way to turnout gear and Nomex hoods. Many fire departments have developed fitness programs to help their personnel be as prepared as possible physically. New standards and policies have brought about things such as incident management systems and critical incident stress management teams. Unfortunately, in looking at the statistics from these 25 years, it appears that we as…

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