Are we truly on target with everything we aim at?
To date, there are 61 line of duty deaths officially accounted. Instead of driving deeper into the statistics let us consider the entire official total in this post.
Among that number, not including wildfire, are five firefighters who died actively participating in the fire attack as defined by the various reports of the incident. This includes advancing, operating a hoseline, conducting a search and checking for extension. For greater interpretation of our line of duty death data, this does not include fatalities occurring on the fireground outside of the true fire attack.
Those five died in the following manner:
1: Killed in ceiling collapse
1: Killed in roof collapse
1: Killed in wall collapse
2: Killed in reported flashover in private dwelling
My math may be rusty, but five is 8.196721 percent of 61, or simply 8%.
So with all the efforts directed at preventing line of duty deaths on the fireground, it may appear there has been a positive effect. But what does the other 92% say about these same efforts?
And while we’re discussing this tell me again why some continue to throw out “an average of 100 firefighters die in the line of duty each year fighting fire.” Are some of us beginning to use that as some identifier, a badge of honor?
I shoot competitively and if in a 100-round match only 8% of my shots hit the 10-ring I would say that I suck.
The focus on preventing true fireground, fire attack, line of duty deaths is making progress but are the rest of our rounds hitting their target?
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