A year ago, this column touted the fact that firefighter line-of-duty deaths had fallen to their lowest levels in years. We also said that although this news was encouraging, one year a trend does not make. Well, for the second time in as many years, the number of firefighter...
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- Reduce accidents
- Avoid disruption of traffic by pushing civilian vehicles into traffic
- Reduce fuel consumption and maintenance costs
- Keep second- and third-due units closer to the center of their response areas and not deplete response neighborhoods of the closest units needlessly
- Make second- and third-due units available for priority reassignment, if necessary, for structural fires, cardiac conditions, etc.
We will continue to monitor and report the department's progress in the weeks and months ahead with this firefighter safety initiative.
MICHAEL WILBUR, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department, assigned to Ladder Company 27 in the Bronx, and has served on the FDNY Apparatus Purchasing Committee. He consults on a variety of apparatus-related issues around the country. For further information, please access Wilbur's website at www.emergencyvehicleresponse.com.