Injuries during a “training” event make one wonder, what the hell?
This isn’t the planned first post for September, but after working on news it seems worthy of our specific topics.
On Long Island, four members of the Elmont Fire District were reportedly thrown from their speed drill vehicle. Three were injured, one having a serious head injury. The latest report according to NBC New York is that he is recovering dramatically.
“It is something that has gone on for decades, 100 years maybe,” said Elmont Fire Chief Mike Capoziello. “It’s prevalent on Long Island. Upstate departments do it.”
NBC New York
Now for the disclaimers. First, I wish all the injured as well as their department a quick recovery. Second, I have been on a fire department muster team, and while we didn’t have any competitions nearly as fast as these on Long Island, some of us did have some bumps and bruises practicing.
FirefighterNation.com: New York Firefighters Injured in Questionable High-Speed Drill Team Training
View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com.
So for this latest rhetorical discussion you have two points you can debate:
1. How can a department justify such drill team expenses, or an association with drill teams, when politicians are cutting budgets and departments are struggling to make ends meet?
2. Should a firefighter die during such a “training” event, would his or her death be fairly considered for submission as an official line of duty death? Are you sure?
I wonder if they do these things in Sweden with tricked-out Volvo wagons.
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