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Training Operators In Emergency Mode I was thinking about the apparatus and vehicles that fire departments use. I was also comparing the training related to the operation of those vehicles. Having been in law enforcement, both as a trooper and as a...


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The writer retired from the Virginia State Police in 2009 with over 22 years of law enforcement experience. He is a firefighter with the Ashland, VA, Volunteer Fire Department/Hanover County Fire and EMS, and consults on emergency management issues. He holds an associate’s degree in fire science technology from Northern Virginia Community College and certifications in Hazardous Materials Operations, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Emergency Vehicle Operation Class I, II and III from the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. He is a member of the Virginia State Police Association, Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America, and Old Dominion Historical Fire Society.