Report from Engine Co. 82 Themes

Dennis Smith (firefighter)
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Dangers and Risks in Firefighting

In the early 70's, Engine Co. 82 typically responded to over 9,000 alarms and its partner engine company in the South Bronx to another 8,000 calls. An average of eight fireman die each year in New York City fires and thousands are injured. These injuries range from minor (though painful) burns from live embers and smoke inhalation to broken bones, serious gashes and life-threatening second and third degree burns.

When the firemen hear the ominous tone of four 5 bells—5-5-5-5—they all pay attention. It's an indication that a fireman has died in the line of duty. The house watchman hurries outside, turns the radio volume loud and gets ready to place the flag at half staff in honor of the fallen comrade.

There are many obvious and inherent dangers for the firemen in the dispatch of their duties. One of the most...

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