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Firefighter Safety: Tactical Safety: Much Ado About Nothing

By Ray McCormack We have near-miss reports. We have LODD reports. We even have accident reports, but the last category doesn't get much play. Accidents happen and firefighters get hurt. Many say accidents are preventable, but only if you have the wisdom to see the fault beforehand. That's what we try to do when it comes to training--eliminate accidents that hurt firefighters, especially at live-fire events. Not everyone is successful, not everyone is as aware as they should be, and someone always pays a price. Sometimes the price is steep; a job or title is taken away and it usually coincides with the level of injury sustained or the lack of injury prevention put forth. Sometimes it is th...

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