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  •  No I don't know (0+ / 0-)

    where in the USA is it a duty to walk (or run) into a death trap where your presence is utterly futile?

    That is quite a different scenario than being sent to "put out a fire"

    In any event, if there are such places where the former is expected, hopefully this disaster will provide some impetus to change things.  But somehow I suspect that even in Texas that is not the case and something else went wrong along the way.

    •  Maybe you have to come from a farm or small town (21+ / 0-)

      These guys had all grown up together, from childhood on.  They probably feared some of their friends or relatives were inside the plant. It's not just another job.  Many men around here stay on the force from age 18 to 70, serving with their sons, sons-in-law, grandsons.  Two of the West firemen were brothers, less than 2 yrs. apart.

      Our local firefighters were out fighting grassfires in 40 mph winds every week last summer.  The residents took coolers of powerade and water along with sandwiches and cookies and left them near their pickups for them while they re-filled the tankers,

      All of the volunteer firemen I know are extremely dedicated.  A metal roof caved in on my husband & several others when they were fighting a cotton gin fire years ago.  Thankfully, no one was badly injured and they were back on call a few days later.

      The truth always matters.

      by texasmom on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 02:08:43 PM PDT

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