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Plenty of firefighters, but where are the fires?

As ‘emergency’ changes its meaning, some critics are arguing it’s time to revisit a century-old system

Is there such a thing as too many heroes?

Walking past a neighborhood fire station can be one of the most deeply reassuring experiences of city life—a reminder that there are people in our midst ready to pull on their helmets and stride into danger whenever and wherever something goes wrong.

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