Firefighting

Everyone Goes Home

Issue 6 and Volume 162.

By RICHARD MARINUCCI The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in 1992 to lead a nationwide effort to honor America’s firefighters who died in the line of duty. In addition, resources are provided to assist the survivors of fallen firefighters in rebuilding their lives. Recently, the NFFF has added another mission—working within the fire service community to help reduce the number of line-of-duty deaths (LODDs). In 2004, more than 225 fire service professionals met in Tampa, Florida, to discuss the LODD rate and suggest strategies to reduce the unacceptable number of firefighters who die each year in the line of duty. From this meeting, the 16 Life Safety Initiatives (LSI) were put forth to present a comprehensive plan that addressed all of the LODD causes and potential causes. The NFFF has adopted the 16 LSI as the basis for its LODD prevention efforts through the Everyone…

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