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Are you fit to be a FF?; Smartphones on the fireground | Oct. 9, 2012

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 Dear Member,

Technology has been growing by leaps and bounds — but our ability to comprehend the information it offers us has not. In this month's eNews, we examine whether technology truly helps or hinders firefighters. We also offer some tips on how to make sure your equipment is always at the ready the moment a call comes in.

But first things first — how do you know if you should be a firefighter or merely want to be one? We offer some questions to ask yourself in order to make sure this is a career path you're cut out for.

The FR1 Team
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How to know if you're cut out to be a firefighter
By Tony Vitalie
The first question anyone considering a career in firefighting should ask themselves is "do I want to be a firefighter?" Should be easy to answer
Bread and Butter Basics
Does technology help or hinder firefighters?
By Charles Bailey, FR1 Columnist
What has changed in the world is that more information is available more quickly than ever before. What has not changed are the cognitive limits of the person tasked with processing that information. Mental capacity
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In our fire trucks, we have all kinds of equipment used for various jobs. This equipment should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that it works properly and will be ready to be used when the time comes. Is it ready to go?
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