Browsing Category: Safety

Confined Space Training – 4/14/2013 Sunday was scenario-based training in a live environment – Simulators and carefully scripted evolutions are all fine and good, but it’s hard to beat the value of a real problem in a real environment. This was an old hand-dug well 25 feet deep.  “Old” is the key word here, since […]… Continue Reading

Two Line-of-duty death reports came across my desk today – although not a surprise, they were painful, especially since we’re getting oh-so-close to Christmas.  Each of them is a tragedy, but when put together it’s more than a double – it’s a resounding condemnation of the way we do business. Timothy Jansen was 45 years […]… Continue Reading

Although I realize that nearly everyone who works in fire and rescue can provide compelling evidence that dummies actually do breathe, for the sake of this article we’re talking about non-breathing human likenesses, usually made of plastic. Specifically, training dummies, more specifically the advantages and disadvantages of using dummies in place of live victims for […]… Continue Reading

As of today, twelve(12)  firefighters have died in the line if duty in the United States. Five of those deaths were vehicle accidents! The last death is an 18 (18!) year-old firefighter in Indiana, who was killed with his rig rolled on the way back to the station.  He had on a seat belt, but […]… Continue Reading

Remember when you got passed over for promotion because your co-worker’s dad happened to be an old buddy of the Chief?  Even though your training, experience, and expertise were superior in every respect, you still lost out: bet you still get mad when you think about it.  If you were bold enough to question the […]… Continue Reading

Early Monday morning a young man died for no good reason.  His name was Zachary Whitacre – he was 21 and had been in the fire service for less than a year, and died in a single-vehicle accident when the driver lost control of a tanker on “the icy road surface” and slid into an […]… Continue Reading