Wheel chocks....I don't gotta show you no steeeenkeeeeng wheel chocks......
O.K., so most of us agree what the incident at Lairdsville was a senseless tragedy. Now my question for you is...What happens if something senseless happens at your department? We are all human and mistakes like forgetting the occasional wheel chock happen sometimes. Are you covered? Does your errors and omissions insurance have enough bite to CYA? It's worth taking a look as my department just raised ours.
Another question, how are we going to treat violations of NFPA standards in general after all this? Will we jump on every violation? Are there some things that are "still O.K." to ignore since no one has been hurt or killed yet?
For example, NFPA lighting requirements on new fire service vehicles state upper level lights must be from the same manufacturer. So the lightbar is a Jetvector 2000 and the rear-facing lights are Blink-Blink Mach 1's, does this pose a criminal problem if the rig is involved in an accident?
Before you attack...I agree that the incident at Lairdsville was criminal...but how many times have the rest of us been criminal too?