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  • LODDs 8/13

    Posted: August 1st, 2013

    Twenty-five U.S. firefighters recently died in the line of duty. Twenty-two career firefighters and three volunteer firefighters died in seven separate incidents. Twenty-one deaths were the result of direct fireground operations, two deaths were the result of accidents and two deaths were health related. One incident claimed the lives of 19 wildland firefighters; see page 58 for details. FIREFIGHTER LUKE SHEEHY , 28, of the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region in Vallejo, CA, died...

  • Speak Up: Tactical Vs. Strategic Decision-Making on Arrival

    Posted: April 1st, 2013

    I have been using elements of Chief Mark Emery’s series “How to Nail Your First-Due Responsibility” to reinforce the importance of distinguishing between tactical and strategic-level decision-making in the minds of our first-arriving officers. One of the frequent requests that at this point has remained unanswered is for the development of a checklist to guide their decision-making. I have been somewhat reluctant to provide one because most existing tools tend to either be so generic...

  • Fire Destroys Century-Old Beckley Buildings

    Posted: January 1st, 2013

    BECKLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT Chief: Billie Trump Personnel: 41 career firefighters Stations: 3 Apparatus: 2 pumpers, 1 aerial, 1 regional response truck, 1 hazmat rescue, 4 staff/support vehicles Population: 18,000 Area: 12 square miles On Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, a three-alarm fire destroyed two buildings in downtown Beckley, WV...