115 That's the preliminary number released by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) for line-of-duty deaths in 2007. While that number may change as more details are determined, it stands as a stark reminder that firefighting is a dangerous business. While cardiovascular issues still led the pack as...
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Firefighter disorientation is far too common to ignore, and it can have serious consequences. According to the preliminary report from the USFA, "Each year, firefighters becoming trapped and disoriented represent the largest portion of structural fireground fatalities." Remember, your thermal imager can remove the blindfold of thick smoke and allow you to find your way out, but maintaining proper orientation relies on combining basic skills with thermal imager skills, not replacing one with the other.