Firefighting

The Big Picture

Issue 12 and Volume 160.

By Sam Giamo Jr. When asked to submit an article about the fire service, the first thing I did was laugh. I am well aware that there is nothing funny about training or sharing knowledge that might be life saving. I laughed because I realized that just about every conceivable topic has been addressed over and over again; besides, who would want to listen to a guy who has been out of the job for five years and had never made a name for himself outside of his hometown? Then came the flash, and I saw the BIG picture. Actually, as much as the job has changed, it has stayed the same, and there is a tremendously underused wealth of firefighting knowledge on the streets, golf courses, and beaches of America. It was evident after September 11, 2001, by the hundreds of retirees who returned to New York City and…

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