‘Send Everything You’ve Got! It’s a Big One!’

The devastating explosion occurred after midnight in Roseburg, Oregon, August 7, 1959.The department training officer became the on-scene commander after the assistant chief was killed in the explosion and the department chief suffered a heart attack.

In an editorial, Fire Engineering Editor Don O’Brien observed that formerly, officers would absorb the skills necessary for command while serving at lower levels and experience would qualify them advancement to senior levels.

“It would be much more realistic if emphasis were placed on command situations in all training schools for fire fighters regardless of grade, since it is also recognized and sometimes may occur, that a senior fire fighter may find himself in command…all fire fighters should be given training in strategy and tactics that will fit them for command responsibility.”

 See the October 1959 Fire Engineering HERE, including the cover, an editorial, and the incident report. 


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