May 2005
Fire Engineering;May2005, Vol. 158 Issue 5, p26
Trade Publication
The article focuses on haz-mat technicians, confined space/trench technicians and rescue divers. Every firefighter is trained to the Operations level in weapons of mass destruction (WMD). There are more than 100 paramedics staffing five response vehicles and five advanced life support engines, or more, at any time. The problem that arises is that the time needed to learn and to maintain specialty skills detracts from time spent on fire training. Very rarely do one hear of a firefighter being killed in a haz-mat suit or hanging from a rope.


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