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Firefighter Combat Challenge Leaves Participants, Crowd Breathless

Day one of the Scott National Firefighters Combat Challenge kicked off the competition portion of the event, with solo firefighters hitting the course.

Sirens sounded every few minutes in Oak Forest, route: {:controller=>"local_facts", :action=>"show", :id=>"oak-forest-101"} --> on Saturday, but it wasn't due to a police or fire emergency. Instead, the sirens were the official starting gun of the , taking place in the

paul cervenka September 18, 2012 at 03:07 PM
That fire fighting is tough. My sister fought fires in the mountains of Montana and Colorado, for weeks on end living in military like conditions while fighting forest fires for the US Forest Service. What a carreer choice. She should have worked here in OP. Firefighting in luxury.
Fed Up September 18, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Paul, you are a real piece of work!
Dan Collins September 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I was a wildland firefighter for several years prior to becoming a structural firefighter back home near Chicago. Wildland was tough, but the challenges were different. Confined spaces, limited or zero visibility, and poor building construction make my current profession anything but luxurious. Also, being a paramedic, which is not required in wildland, adds to the stress. Families screaming and crying as a loved one is being resuscitated. Caring for a lifeless child who was struck by a drunk driver. Kneeling in the blood and fluids of a patient with transmittable diseases. All the while having compassion for the people who are affected by a personal tragedy. All thoughts that I'm sure Paul overlooked and in retrospect may give some consideration to a some point. Why must everything be a polarizing issue?

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