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Firefighters face intense training

Nearly one year after mistakes by the Chicago Fire Department contributed to six deaths at a Loop high-rise fire, Fire Commissioner Cortez Trotter today will unveil sweeping changes aimed at making certain it never happens again. Increased training, annual physical fitness testing for veteran firefighters and a new general order that will serve as the playbook during high-rise fires are the cornerstones of reforms made in response to a scathing report by the Mikva Commission. Chicago firefighters have been conducting top-to-bottom stairway searches ever since the Oct. 17 fire at 69 W. Washington, when there was a 90-minute gap between the time firefighters arrived on the scene and the time the bodies of six victims were found. Full Story

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