east3 
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Re: “Firefighting Procedures Re-examined

As a District Chief in a department similar in size to the CFD, I have followed this story and read the postings of some CFD firefighters. I do not hesitate to say that proper tactics and procedures could have prevented these deaths with or without sprinklers. The Chief of Department is responsible for these policies and has defended them despite their tragic failure. The CFD does not use modern hose, equipment, tactics, command, staffing, response or fireground safety procedures that are current mainstream professional standards. There is too much to detail here. I am an experienced fireground commander and recently revised our department tactics manual so I know something about it. We have used the incident command system for about 25 years. I have studied several videos and many photos, and read the news coverage of the fire and many of these deficiences were obvious. That is why so much criticism came out so early. And the statements of CFD chiefs that nothing would change were the opposite of what one would expect from a professional leader. People were shocked, and are still being shocked. No one is blaming the firefighters. They in fact had to be some of the toughest guys in the world to have stayed in there under those worsening conditions. In the end they didn't have chance. The change in the CFD must come to give the rest of your firefighters the chance to go home to their families every morning and retire someplace quiet.

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Posted by east3 on July 20, 2007 at 8:07 PM
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