Fire EMS, Leadership

Compassion, Performance, Respect

Issue 6 and Volume 173.

ON FIRE ❘ by MICHAEL N. CIAMPO When you have aspirations of being a firefighter, the only thing really clear in your mind is that you want to go to fires and tackle this job head-on. Many of us don’t realize in our initial thoughts that the odds of walking into the firehouse and going on numerous medical runs during a tour are more the mainstream of the career. Big cities that never provided emergency medical services calls are now jumping into the arena to respond and save lives. Gone are the days of the “war years” or the fires during the Civil Rights riots; but, have we just entered another war-torn period in history? Unlike the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero, where we knew our hazardous work environment, today we find ourselves on the battlefront in our own response area’s buildings. Our tools and protective gear are…

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