Denver Fire Department: Leadership So Everyone Goes Home

Denver firefighters opened their doors and their hearts to share painful lessons to help improve firefighter safety across the country and around the world. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has released Denver Fire Department: Leadership So Everyone Goes Home, a documentary highlighting the department's efforts to make improvements after the tragic loss of three Denver firefighters over a six-year period.

The documentary, produced by STATter911 Communications in association with Greg Guise Media and PC Productions, focuses on the line-of-duty-deaths of Firefighter Robert Crump in 2000, Assistant Chief Charles Drennan Jr. in 2001 and Lt. Richard Montoya in 2006. Members of the department, from the rank of firefighter up to the fire chief, share their insights into the loss of these three men and talk about other incidents where Denver firefighters have been seriously injured.

The video has been added to NFFF's training program for firefighters that shares the same name, Leadership So Everyone Goes Home (LEGH). The class is designed to assist the chief level officer identify issues that could lead to a line of duty death or serious injury. It addresses today's challenges in creating a safer environment firefighters.

"We wish to recognize the members of the Denver Fire Department for their willingness to re-visit some very painful incidents in the department's history and share these important lessons," said NFFF Executive Director Chief Ron Siarnicki. "The programs they've instituted and the leadership Chief Eric Tade has demonstrated help to further our mission of preventing firefighter deaths and injuries."

"The Denver Fire Department has partnered with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in support of their mission to honor, assist and prevent line of duty deaths," explained Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade. "The purpose of this video documentary is to honor all of our fallen firefighters by telling these stories and learning from the incidents to help our members and all departments prevent future tragedies. The Denver Fire Department will continue to evaluate best practices and implement direct policy changes when needed to execute the most efficient and safest environment to provide all hazards mitigation for our citizens."

About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF)

The United States Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers.  The NFFF also works closely with the U.S. Fire Administration to help prevent and reduce line-of- duty deaths and injuries.  For more information on the Foundation and its programs contact us at 301-447-1365 or visit www.firehero.org and www.everyonegoeshome.com.

About the Denver Fire Department

Founded in 1866, the Denver Fire Department is dedicated to providing quality, timely and professional emergency services to those who live in, work in, and visit the City and County of Denver and the communities we serve: respecting each other through trust, pride, diversity, integrity, and training: and working together to achieve the highest levels of preparedness, prevention, and community involvement with dedication to purpose. The Denver Fire Department is on Facebook (DenverFireDepartmentCO) and Twitter (@Denver_Fire). www.denvergov.org/fire

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