Engine Company

RESCUE AND THE FIRST-IN ENGINE

Issue 4 and Volume 159.

Ihave learned a lot over the past 30 years. One of the hardest pills to swallow or the toughest lesson I learned is that things don’t come wrapped in nice convenient packages in our profession. In the world of physics, for example, gases always flow from areas of higher pressure to areas of lower pressure. When I first came on the job and started trying to “figure” things out, I soon learned firefighting rarely allows for the use of the words “never” and “always.” When you first come to the job, you are told that life safety is our first priority. In that case, a two-month firefighter might think that “if life safety is always our first priority, then we should always search a building first to ensure that everyone is out of the building.” When was the last time you went to a fire and pulling an attack line…

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