Firefighting, Fireground Management, Leadership

Understanding Public Policy and Its Role in the Fire Service

Issue 8 and Volume 166.

By REID A. WODICKA It’s two o’clock in the morning, and you’re crawling down a dark hallway minutes after waking from a deep sleep. It’s smoky and hot. You can barely see your hand in front of your face when, suddenly, you see an orange glow coming from one of the rooms down the hall. As flames sweep over your head, you knock down the fire, perform a little ventilation, and check for extension. In minutes, you have significantly limited the damage and have saved someone’s possessions; someone’s life; and, quite literally, the day. This is a story that is repeated every day throughout the country, and it is the reason nearly all of us joined the fire service. Whether the role on scene was the pump operator or nozzleman, most firefighters enjoy engaging in emergency operations more than any other activity in their profession. However, the fire service does…

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