Issue 9 and Volume 159.

BY TOM BRENNAN Editor’s note: Tom Brennan, our revered technical editor and former editor, passed away in April 2006. Tom shared monthly here his wisdom and knowledge of the tactical aspects of our industry, but he also wrote about the social side of the fire service as only Tom could. We are very pleased that Tom wrote down some of these interesting, funny, insightful, and colorful stories. We are very proud to have the chance to continue to provide for you the “random thoughts” of our dear friend and brother. Please note Tom did not change any of the names, as he felt none of his friends mentioned in these pieces are “innocent.” Working for Captain Nolan was like working for an historical figure named Florian1—a great firefighter, an officer, a teacher, a leader, and a saint. Everyone, it seemed to us as we worked for him and could observe…

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