Most died away from the scene than at the scene
Eight members of the fire service died while on duty
When the devil is in the details you have to ask “is the greatest detail being overlooked?”
Until we accept the fact that what happens to them can happen to us, there will always be a reluctance to learn from the lessons of others.
The second incident involving multiple fatalities for the year and one firefighter killed during a search.
The second group of fatalities involved three vehicle collisions, two of which were POVs.
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.