LODD Standard Operating Guideline

Issue 12 and Volume 162.

By LARRY RADTKE Despite the availability of many excellent firefighter safety programs, line-of-duty deaths (LODDs) number more than 100 annually. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) LODD investigations seem to make the same recommendations to improve accountability, communication, and training to prevent more deaths and injuries. Most fire departments take these recommendations into consideration and strive to improve their organizations to prevent such tragedies to their personnel. The Blue Lake Township (MI) Fire Department (BLTFD) reviewed the NIOSH reports’ information and suggestions to determine how to reduce LODDs and critical injuries (CIs). After reading about and viewing videos on other fire departments’ LODD experiences, especially on the fireground, the BLTFD realized that the possibility exists for having its own LODD or CI and decided to plan ahead.   EVOLUTION OF THE GUIDELINE   The BLTFD’s first action was to review the Public Safety Officer Benefits (PSOB) packet…

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