January 2020 On-Duty Deaths

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  An increase compared to past Januarys   The first month of 2020 ended with nine on-duty deaths as defined by the United States Fire Administration.      This is the highest January total in six years, but only one of the fatalities involves a victim killed inside a burning structure.  Fatalities related to vehicles […]

I Don’t Think It’s What You Think It Is

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    Atlanta’s story isn’t about duty     It was asked that this comment on Facebook be shared.   I had shared the latest from work on the Atlanta fire rescue suspension story and was asked what my thoughts are on the subject.  While it really doesn’t matter what I think, or anyone else […]

The Minimum Standard

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  Most people don’t wake up and decide they want to suck.

Question from a Reader: 2018 Interior LODDs

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      “Do you know the line of duty death total for 2018 and how many were involved on the interior?”

“Let it Burn!”

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  Come on folks, we’re better than this  

Selling Risk Management Poorly

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Details are key for the lessons we need to learn  

One Out of 93

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It was a good and bad year for the U.S. fire service  

False

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  And the tales grow taller on down the line  

The Rescue Mindset

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Doubling down on the fire service mission   Ladder Company 175 had used their aerial ladder to ventilate this window at an all-hands fire, with reports of people trapped, at 3218 Fulton Street in Highland Park, Brooklyn. (Lloyd Mitchell photo) Shawn Donovan and Dave LeBlanc   “He who whets his steel, whets his courage” ― […]

On-Duty Deaths, January – June 2017

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  In terms of data, the fireground has been relatively safe so far

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