Fire

US perspective: firefighter fatalities: in the first of a series of articles looking at the approach of overseas fire services, Jason Zigmont analyses a Federal Emergency Management Agency report on the growing toll of firefighter fatalities.(Overseas View)

Earlier this month FEMA released a report on firefighter fatalities (visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/insideusfa/nfdc/pubs/ff_fat.shtm). Once again, we have had a banner year, 113 deaths. According to their report it is the eighth time in the past 10 years, and the eleventh time within the past 15 years, when the total number of firefighter fatalities has reached or exceeded 100. There were 81 volunteer firefighter deaths and 30 career firefighter deaths. While the numbers are interesting, the facts behind them give us a chance to learn and prevent further losses.

Everyone learns from their mistakes, but this is one area where we should be sure to learn from others mistakes to prevent further tragedies. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has the stated goal to have a 25 per cent reduction m fatalities within five years and a 50 per cent reduction in fatalities within 10 years. …

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