BY BILL MANNINGFor firefighter line-of-duty deaths or injuries (LODDI) to occur, one or a combination of the following three elements must be present: (1) dangerous response environment, (2) insufficient preparation or resources, and (3) uninhibited human stupidity. We will call this the "Law of LODDI."The fire department's mission-its reason for existence, in fact-assures us that firefighters will be exposed to very dangerous environments. For that reason alone, the first element of the Law of LODDI sometimes prevails all by itself. Items (2) and (3) don't necessarily need to be in place for a line-of-duty death or injury. But that's only true for a small minority of LODDI in...

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