FDIC 2018: Double Line-of-Duty Deaths

Michael Benadum
Battalion Chief in the Field Operations Bureau
Toledo Fire-Rescue Department

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


A summary analysis, enhanced by a slide presentation, of how and why the Toledo Fire Rescue Department (TFRD) experienced two line-of-duty deaths on January 26, 2014. The focus is what exactly took place and the lessons learned from those events. Students will view scene photos, photos of their gear and equipment and what it alone looked like after the event, and the entire unedited radio traffic. The TFRD chief presented this presentation, which the instructor was assigned to create, to all department members, and it has been viewed 98 times inside and outside of the department. The program concludes with a question-and-answer period and a dedication to Toledo’s two fallen members.

This presentation is both a summary analysis of the incident as well as a presentation and in-depth discussion of the many lessons learned. The presentation is delivered as a four-hour lecture facilitated by a power point presentation. The presentation includes:

1. Opening remarks and dedication to the two members lost.
2. Introductory information that introduces the student to the City of Toledo and the Toledo Fire-Rescue Department.
3. A full explanation of the incident to include the incident time-line, unedited dispatch and scene radio traffic, scene photos, scene videos, and diagrams.
4. A complete list of the lessons learned with in-depth discussion of each.
5. Closing remarks that include a final tribute to our fallen members.

The ultimate goal of this presentation is increased firefighter safety on the fire ground. This increased safety should be accomplished by applying the lessons learned from this case in a disciplined manner. The presentation addresses a myriad of operational areas that can be improved on. Additional learning objectives are in the areas of: Command & Control, Communications, Accountability, Mayday Management, Engine Company operations at high risk/low frequency fires, etc.