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    Unhappy Bad Year Already

    It has already been a bad year in the LODD department. There have been 43 LODD's already and the year is only 1/4 done. I pray and hope that that 43 is all there will be this year (even though 43 is still too many) and my prayers are with all those families.

    I write this just as a reminder to all fellow firefighters to be safe. THINK safe and be safe.

    God Bless
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    Take heart, our Brothers and Sisters are safe now, and for all time.
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    It's good to see that all this discussion, attention and training being directed at risk management and firefighter safety & survival is making a difference ......



    psssst .. For those of you who missed it, that was said with a dab of sarcasism.

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    I recently subscribed to the LODD notification newsletter, and just in the the last two weeks there have been at least 10 LODD's. Mostly MI's, but a death is a death. It does seem to be a bad year so far, but I don't know how the numbers normally trend for comparison.
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    bump!
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    from the front page

    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...Id=46&id=41232


    LODD Deaths On Tragic Pace


    BEN WEINSTEIN
    Firehouse.com News

    As of April 25, the number of reported line of duty deaths has reached 47, a number that projects an annual death count of 141, clearly the highest number of fire service deaths since 1978. (Deaths related to the WTC on September 11, 2001 have been excluded from these averages.)

    The number is six ahead of 2004 (41 through of April) with five days to go in the month. There were 108 LODDs recorded by the U.S. Fire Administration in 2004.

    Although four of the incidents have claimed multiple victims -- including the loss of three wildland fire service pilots April 20 -- and some changes have been legislated in LODD death criteria, the number of deaths for 2005 reflects a trend in firefighter deaths in recent years.

    At the current pace, there will be 26 more LODDs than the average from 1977 to 2004 and 37 more LODDs than last decade’s average.

    On average, 22 percent fewer firefighters died in the line of duty during the 90s than the 80s. However, the record low LODDs seen in the early- and mid-90s have given way to higher numbers.

    And although the average number of firefighter deaths has steadily decreased since the 70s, the number of firefighter fatalities per 100,000 incidents responded to, has risen.

    "What has been holding true … the last couple of years we’ve seen an increase in line of duty deaths," National Fallen Firefighters Foundation director Ron Siarnicki said. "The numbers have been gradually creeping back up."

    Due to a law passed in 2003, some LODD deaths counted this year may not have been counted in previous years.

    Under the Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits Act of 2003, LODD includes firefighters who die of heart attack or stroke within 24 hours of engaging in “non-routine stressful or strenuous physical” activity.

    So far this year, four of the 47 firefighters who died on duty may not have been counted before 2003. Because of the Hometown Heroes Act, USFA now considers firefighters who die of heart attack or stroke within 24 hours of on-duty "non-routine" physical activity LODDs. Before 2003, firefighters needed to complain of heart-related pains while still on duty.

    Uncommon situations also may contribute to this year’s high number of deaths. So far, there have been four multiple death incidences. USFA states that multiple death incidents represent a small percentage of annul firefighter deaths. So, an unusually large number of multiple death incidences may drive up annual LODDs without reflecting an increase in fatal incidents.

    There is no simple explanation for any rise or fall in firefighter deaths, according to United States Fire Administration officials. However, NFFF believes it has developed a series of initiatives and recommendations that will reduce firefighter fatalities and injuries.

    "[The NFFF initiatives] will try and change the culture of the fire service," Siarnicki said. "We need to get the message across that safety needs to be a primary consideration at all times."

    Siarnicki said that to reduce avoidable firefighter deaths, the fire service needs to adopt a "methodology to evaluate risk versus gain" in order to mediate dangerous situations.

    Siarnicki said that NFFF wants to make information on firefighter safety widely available and easily accessible so that all fire departments can institute safe, standardized firefighting practices. In that spirit, NFFF is preparing to launch a comprehensive LODD Web site.
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    Although four of the incidents have claimed multiple victims -- including three wildland fire service pilots April 20
    Does anyone know if there is a thread on this?

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