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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.

One Out of 93

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

On-Duty Deaths, January – June 2017

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

Feeding Courage Starves Fear

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Focusing on fear won’t create a safer fire service  

On-Duty Deaths and Advancing Hoselines in 2016

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  A closer look at reported firefighter fatality on the hoseline data  

Absolutes

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  What kind of mindset are we in when we go out the door?

A Fire Culture Examination

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  A review of “I Can’t Save You But I’ll Die Trying”

The 9 Most Dangerous Things That Firefighters Do

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  One view of some of the dangers we face

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