Not too long ago, Baltimore FD killed a recruit and injured a few more in a training fire. While I feel for the loss of those involved, the comment by Capt. Stephan G. Fugate, president of the Baltimore Fire Officers union, are completely uncalled for and have me rather upset right now. "We like to hold ourselves up as one of the best departments in the country, we compare ourselves to Boston, Chicago, New York - to have a recruit killed in training is the kind of thing that happens in Iowa, in rural America," he added. "It is not the kind of thing that should happen in a major metropolitan area." How dare he make a statement like that! How dare a website like firefighterclosecalls.com publish an article with a remark like that! This makes me madder then heck, and in case you were wondering I am from Iowa. Our State Fire Service may be writing something up, so I'll hold off doing anything until then.