The fire, one which any of us could respond to, was located in the basement.
When the devil is in the details you have to ask “is the greatest detail being overlooked?”
The second incident involving multiple fatalities for the year and one firefighter killed during a search.
The first ten deaths involved a collapse; rapid intervention deployment and a 62-year old cadet.
We as a service need to be able to handle the tough criticism that goes with working in a life and death environment.
It lies in pride, a haughtiness that gushes over with phrases of “brotherhood”, RFB-KTF and t-shirt slogans in place of proven wisdom.
We must first understand the proper terminology related to firefighter fatalities and how this terminology affects the official annual tallies put forth by two national fire service organizations.
Make it your ambition to never stop learning.
While we echo “remembering the fallen and their sacrifice,” we let them die in vain when we don’t challenge our own behavior to see if the same mistakes are lurking in the dark, waiting to be repeated in our fire.
Here is a specific breakdown of these first ten fatalities.