The next to last article about the first half of this year’s LODDs is posted. One thing that was immediately interesting is that the notion that young firefighters racing up to the station will die in POV accidents is not a large fact. Of all of the “Collision” deaths, only one of the six was an 18 year old, operating without a seatbelt. More articles and information will be coming soon. FFBehavior will stay up until August and then everything will be on the new blog and site, www.backstepfirefighter.com. Change your links or favorites or whatever it is you do to stay in touch.
On 31 July two firefighters in the Bronx were momentarily trapped on the floor above the fire floor. Working to open up the cockloft, fire had extended up two floors. A strong push by the engine companies knocked it back and allowed for the trapped members to be removed. When having to go above the fire floor be sure to montior your radio for changes in fire conditions and if the engine companies are having a hard time; always be thinking of what your area of refuge might be. This fire should remind us all of another similar fire in the Bronx where members where trapped on the floor above. More on this, and whether or not the Prince George’s County (MD) fire department should have a beer diplomacy meeting, later.
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