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Does any of this sound familiar?
• Dies after falling from aerial ladder during training
• Dies after falling from a rope
• Dies while participating in a live-fire training evolution at an acquired structure
• Is critically burned after becoming injured during a live-fire evolution at a training academy and dies two days later
• Dies in a live-fire training exercise that injures four other firefighters
• Is killed in a flashover during a live-fire training evolution that injures two other firefighters
• Dies during a controlled burn
The above are just samples. We have quite a history of getting ourselves hurt or killed during training. Why? In most cases, it’s because we (from the command level to the firefighter level) get too comfortable. We drift from what we know and what we were taught, we get comfortable and we ignore standards, policy and common sense.