Firefighting, Fireground Management

The Fire Officer’s Role in Reducing Firefighter Line-of-Duty Deaths

Issue 7 and Volume 168.

BY STEVE PRZIBOROWSKI This article is not meant to second-guess, question, or challenge anything that has gone on in the past or will go on in the future. It is meant to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice by attempting to learn from the mistakes that may have been made or that were cited in official documentation, investigative reports, after-action-reports, and line-of-duty death (LODD) reports available to the public. If we truly want to honor our fallen brothers and sisters, we must do our best to learn from history to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself. It pains me every time I read an official, unbiased after-action or investigative report after an LODD, primarily because it looks like almost any other recent LODD report; only the names of the firefighters and fire departments involved are different. Notice that I used the words “official” and “unbiased.” Today, thanks to…

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