Since the first volunteer Bucket Brigade established by Benjamin Franklin in 1736, firefighting tactics have evolved. Knowledge gained, increased safety measures, new technologies and new hazards born out of modern construction materials are all causes for the historic changes of the firefighting industry. Traditional firefighting tactics involved daredevil driving practices, brazen entry into fully engulfed structures, and a priority of mission accomplishment over that of firefighter safety. In hindsight, we can see that these approaches display a misunderstanding of risk management and more times than not result in firefighter casualties that could have been prevented given the appropriate direction.
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