Leadership

Safety Can’t Wait Much Longer

Issue 4 and Volume 139.

Safety Can’t Wait Much Longer DEPARTMENTS EDITOR’S OPINION We all know it. Whether by reading statistical data or by the slackening of activity in our profession, we know that, nationwide, structural fires are occurring less frequently than in the past. What is not dwindling statistically, however, are the deaths suffered and the injuries sustained by our firefighters. As a matter of fact, the annual figures in these areas are remaining constant year after year. A simple analysis of these figures will show you that the death and injury rate is escalating in proportion to the occasions of fire response. We all know the immediate cause relations: stress, heart disease, products of combustion, cancer, strains and sprains, cuts, etc. What are masked over or obscured, however, are the indirect causes for deaths and injuries for which we can all be held accountable: attitude, training, education, faulty or inadequate equipment. These are…

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