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Old 12-24-2012, 02:42 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by bigugly View Post
i know with paramedics in some areas, a policeman must be there before they get out of the wagon, due to the scene not being secured.

i cant see why it wouldnt be like that for most firefighters arriving at a scene either.
Because we're working within time limits of flashover to actually start fighting fire. After 7 minutes of a fire burning, the hazard increases for anyone entering the immediate danger to life and health (hot)zone. Just like with EMS, time is of the essence in this profession. It's hazard enough walking into a burning building, much less getting shot at while doing this.

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