Who is in charge?

The Charleston Fire Department is structured to mirror a military hierarchy.   The station is a microcosm of that, beginning with the firefighters, a fire engineer (driver) in charge of the apparatus, and a Captain in charge of the entire crew.   Each area of the city has a Battalion Chief in charge of operations and stations in his or her Battalion.

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1. What is the job of a firefighter really like?
2. How are promotions made in the department?
3. Do firefighters get to sleep during their shift?
4. Who is in charge?