Are We Still Ready to Train After Tragedy?

By SANTIAGO LASAOn June 24, 1994, Boston Fire Department (BFD) Lieutenant Stephen Minehan was killed while searching for two missing firefighters. Before the incident, we at the BFD had asked Minehan and his crew to become our rapid intervention team (RIT); this was long before we had RIT or firefighter assistance and search team (FAST) companies. After that tragic loss, we took steps to try to prevent it from ever happening again. We issued personal alert safety system (PASS) devices to all members and radios to every fireground member; trained ladder and rescue companies in large-area searches; and, most importantly, purchased thermal imaging cameras (TICs) and trained members in TIC co...

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