Where There’s Smoke . . .

Being a firefighter was all I thought about when I was a kid; little did I know about the dangers associated with the fire and rescue profession. Many people in the fire service today probably feel the same way. The training and awareness that you acquire as you grow into your career as a firefighter give you a better understanding of the dangers, but there are still lingering hazards we might forget.

Smoke, for example—not unseen but hiding in places you can’t see. When firefighters encounter a heavy fire and smoke situation, we wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). We know the air is unbreathable. But it’s after the heavy fire is knocked down when the unseen hazards will remain, keeping firefighters in harm’s way.

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