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How Safe Is Too Safe?
June 20 @ 13:00 - 15:00Free
Presented by: TJ Gagliano, Fire Specialist; Baltimore County Fire Dept
Over the last several years, there has been a push to discontinue the practice of interior fire attack or operating in the “offensive” mode on the fire ground. Historically data collection and analysis has focused on the “negatives” associated with operating on the fire ground, this being property loss, civilian fire fatalities, and firefighter line of duty death. It has not been until recent years that the fire service has begun to track “grabs” or the civilians we save. The data subset most frequently used to discourage the practice of interior fire attack is firefighter line of duty death. We are told year after year about the high number of firefighter line of duty deaths. However, data from the US Fire Administration clearly shows a decline in firefighter line of duty deaths since tracking began in the 1970’s. With a few notable exceptions such as 9/11 and the last two years due to COVID-19. Yet, there is now a push more than ever to discontinue the practice of interior fire attack. Despite this, the fire service has far more education, PPE, and tools as opposed to years prior. Throughout this course we will examine over 20 years of firefighter line of duty deaths and examine the causes of death in the line of duty to highlight the need to continue interior fire attack in the fire service.
-Analyze 20+ years of LODD reports
-Examine the causes of firefighter LODD
-Justify the continued practice of interior fire attack