Safe Aerial Operations

BY SHANE M. RUTLEDGE Over the past 100 years, many modern improvements have contributed to the safety of firefighters-the National Incident Management System, the Incident Command System, advances in our personal protective equipment, and a countless number of safety improvements in our response apparatus. Yet with all these advancements, each year there are approximately 100 firefighter fatalities and 81,070 line-of-duty injuries, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.1 Pick up any magazine or read any fire-related manual, and the associated facts will show that we are not dying from new causes; they are the same causes that have happened in the past. We must ask ourselves, "Why...

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