FDIC International, Firefighter Training

Fire Department Training Liabilities

Issue 3 and Volume 165.

By John K. Murphy Training is a vital part of fire department and emergency medical services (EMS) operations and is made even more important because of the changing mission of the departments and the inherent dangers of the job. In today’s environment of reduced budget, reduced staff, and fire station closures, coupled with additional calls for service, constant and comprehensive training becomes even more important for all departments large and small. Firefighting and first response fatalities have averaged 100 firefighters each year, with more than 83,000 injures during this same period. Training is designed to prevent these deaths and injuries. Unfortunately, improper training contributes to first responder deaths and injuries. Training fatalities over a 10-year period average about 10 percent of line-of-duty deaths per year, with more than 7,000 injuries related directly to training during the same time period. Firefighter deaths occurred during a broad range of activities, including apparatus…

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