Common Policy for an Uncommon System

By SEAN STUMBAUGHMany departments and training instructors concentrate on firefighter safety and survival. The push to reduce the 100 line-of-duty deaths (LODDs) suffered each year is catching on and spreading around the country. How is the push working? Based on 2008 casualty statistics (114), we have work to do. The purpose of this article is to encourage you and to show how Sacramento (CA) region fire departments are working together to develop a common rapid intervention company (RIC) deployment model and train to a common standard.Sacramento County is a diverse area with rural farmland in the north and south and high-rise buildings in downtown Sacramento. We have all the fire problem...

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