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Live Burns and Liability

By: William GoldfederBattalion ChiefLoveland-Symmes Fire DepartmentLoveland, OhioA New York State fire officer is being charged with manslaughter after a firefighter was killed in a live fire burn training exercise, according to the Observer-Dispatch (see link below for the story). As always, our deepest sorrow and respect go out to all those involved in this situation. We can only comment on this specific incident based on the newspaper article. However, following are some of my personal observations concerning live burns.Over the past 25 to 30 years, several firefighter deaths have occurred during live-burn training. Now, without a doubt, live-burns are among the best methods for traini...

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