Firefighting

Safety

Issue 3 and Volume 159.

BY TOM BRENNAN null Most of you who know me understand that I am usually not impressed with statistics that seem to support an exciting or excitable subject that follows them “first shot out of the bag.” Those numbers and matched data were planned to do just that. “Figures lie and liars figure,” is an old adage from a college statistics course from my early days. You also know how I feel about our fire service and those who actually “do the job.” There are tons of helmet and patch collectors among and around us who have learned to “talk the job” and probably could never walk the job. All this has recently resurfaced in an exerted national effort at reducing our injuries and deaths attributable to our just getting the job done. This time, however, the statistics are more true and prophetic than they appear even when sensationalized. When…

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