Doesn't your level of danger depend on conditions such as your level of experience, firefighter training, ability and knowledge?
John Salka responds an article that appeared in the Texas Observor that picked apart firefighting.
I remember as the captain of Engine 48 in The Bronx that we went out after big storms and dug out our hydrants. It was never a favorite of the men but it got done.
Just days after posting a blog about the Blountstown trailer fire, I spoke with the fire chief and he shared some of the changes the department has made.
At this fire, two firefighters held a hoseline as a single firefighter tried to force entry. Later, a random window was broken and then a hoseline was stuck in the window, going opposite of the crews on the interior.
The recent Boston Globe article seems to examine the cost of firefighters, but most of the other issues they raised seemed relatively minor or way off the mark.