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2 SF asst. chief’s suspended over DUI fire truck crash

The department’s reasons for suspending the two assistant chiefs were not immediately known San Francisco Chronicle SAN FRANCISCO — Two top San Francisco Fire Department officials have been suspended for their handling of an incident last year in which an allegedly drunken firefighter struck a motorcyclist and left the scene before being tested for intoxication, sources said Wednesday. The two ...

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Taking command: Balloon-construction fire

Understanding how these structures are built and how fire behaves within them are key to a safe and effective attack By Robert Avsec Many fire officers and firefighters today have not experienced a fire in a structure built using balloon-frame style of construction. Many have likely only heard of it from their department’s grizzled veterans or heard it mentioned briefly ...

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