At the start of 2009 I began a deeper look into the statistics that make up our line of duty deaths. One reason was to see in greater detail what firefighters are dying of and how. A second reason was to begin an honest and respectful look at what is both technically and culturally considered line of duty by the American fire service. To help understand the second half of the 2009 data, readers should review the articles from earlier this year. Readers should also note that the investigative reports do not exist for every 2009 fatality. Knowledge gained from those reports may affect the information interpreted below. (more…)
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Back in November, a house fire happened in Cleveland. At the time it was rather insignificant; a boarding house fire seen by a unknown person passing by on a bicycle. By knocking on doors the cyclist was able to alert the occupants of the fire building as well as those in the exposed homes. The fire eventually damaged the exposures but not before it had claimed the lives of four people who live inside. Three of them died inside, but Ray Vivier died later in a Cleveland hospital. Ray, once woken, tried to get the other boarders out, and was successful in getting five out, but unfortunately he couldn’t beat the smoke inhalation and burns. (more…)
The premier broadcast of Firefighter Netcast will be discussing line of duty deaths. In the little bit of time between idea conception and maiden flight, Fire Critic and Fire Daily have put together what promises to be a intelligent program, even if it didn’t include me. And as a disclaimer, if it bombs, I’ll take the blame; give the guys a second chance and listen to the next program when it comes out. (more…)
I usually don’t post many news items, instead I save them for the pros (Geezer and STATter), especially when it involves subjects of a risque nature. However two news items came across the screen at Firefighter Nation that are worth sharing. The economy is tough all over. Many of you are facing furloughs, reduced staffing and station closures. Pinching pennies and trimming costs are causing all of us to seek new sources of income. As FireGeezer shared many months ago, advertising space on fire apparatus is beginning to be more apparent. Now, in Indiana, what started as a community improvement by the people behind Kentucky Fried Chicken, has evolved into a ad war with PETA. (more…)
Late last night, two Modesto firefighters were burned after falling through the roof of a private dwelling while performing truck company operations. The two firefighters had gone to the roof for vertical ventilation during a fire that had started in the garage. A mayday was issued and the two firefighters were located, removed and turned over to EMS on the scene. (more…)
Communication on the fireground has been an interest of mine for some time. It is a key subject when studying firefighter behavior, not only for what is said but how.
One of my favorite memories from my experience in Prince George’s County is a house fire in Adelphi. We were out on the squad earlier for a fatal accident and were on the scene waiting for investigators to finish their work. Communications put us on a box alarm for a house fire only a few blocks away from our location. Engine 441 was with us but had a line stretched, so we would be alone for just a minute or so. (more…)