You sir are apparently a "fire buff" who knows only what he read in Dennis Smith's books. First off, you might want to do something about your reading comprehension. The statement of "battle tested" referred to the M/V Carter fire of 2001. You can Google it and have someone help you read it. Though some of MOTSUs firefighter have been in the desert and yes, did their jobs while being shot at. The fire department has more training/certificatons on their first day than many of the officers serving currently in those fine departmants that you mention....In truth, about half of MOTSUs department were hired from those departments.
It is good that you are retired since there is no room in the modern fire service for closed minded,bigoted people like yourself.
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