The city's firefighters are outgrowing their name this summer as the fire academy prepares to teach new recruits skills ranging from responding to improvised explosive devices to rescuing children from abusive homes.
"From the time I came on the job 30 years ago, the threats they are faced with day to day have increased," the head of training for the fire department, Assistant Chief Thomas Galvin, said.
Going Beyond Firefighting
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Mr. Galvin explained that most new buildings are now made of relatively lightweight materials that, while structurally sound, often burn faster and hotter than the materials in older buildings. These days, an average building fire burns almost twice as hot — at about 1,500 degrees — as a fire 50 years ago.