Just today, I read about two house fires that killed eight people, six of which were small children. And these are just the ones I know about; I’m sure there were many more. That’s why I HATE house fires, and every other firefighter should hate them too. They should hate them so much, that they will do everything in their power to prevent them. This means the job is more than training and waiting on the next call. Our job is not only to extinguish fires, but to prevent them. All of us, not just the prevention folks or the fire marshals; all fire department personnel are responsible fire prevention, period. All firefighters should hate house fires and hope they never go to another one.