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Firefighter Training and Safety: Live to Train Another Day

By Brian P. Kazmierzak This article addresses the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives 1, 3, 4, 5. http://www.lifesafetyinitiatives.com/ and is meant to support http://safetyandhealthweek.org. Each year, 10 percent of our firefighter injuries and 10 percent of our firefighter line-of-duty deaths (LODDs) occur during training, and 115 have died in training since 2003. Ever since I was promoted to training officer, this is one statistic that has always bothered me. What's worse, it never goes down--it has been the same for the past decade or longer. This year, the International Fire & EMS Safety and Health Week Motto is "Train Like You Fight!" Its two missions are safety on...

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