The Dangers Of The Job

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Firefighters live to serve their communities, their families, and their brothers and sister within the fire house. Whether you’re full time, call, or a volunteer firefighter, everything we do is for the betterment of the people and the world around us. This duty and way of life can’t be done if we are injured, sick or dead. So why is it that so many of us put ourselves in danger every day? When I ask this question I’m not talking about the dangers of the job itself, I’m talking about the unnecessary things that we do that put ourselves and those around us in an unnecessary position of danger.
If I had a Nickle for every time I have seen firefighters put themselves and others in danger for no good reason at all, I would be a millionaire. Let me lay it right out there to start, I’m not innocent at all, many of the things I plan to discuss I’m guilty of, we all are. But, the important thing is to understand, and learn from these mistakes, as that is the only way to change.
Some of the biggest problems I see are firefighters not wearing their hoods, having unclipped helmets, as well as not being masked up in an IDLH environment, I can’t even begin to think of the number of times I have seen men enter a building, either for search and rescue, or for offensive fire attack and not wear all of their PPE. If you enter an environment that can kill you, it only makes sense to do everything in your power to wear all of your PPE. That means putting your hood on to avoid burns to the
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