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Re: “Review team wanted Thomas out, Riley says he was never told

@cookiesnews2010 -- Most firefighters in the country have other work in addition to their firefighting. I know of none who chose their profession for the money. They do it because it's who they are. In our department -- a much smaller one -- we routinely listen to the radio traffic of a major tragedy like this one while going through the NIOSH report so that we can learn from it. In the case of this fire, I have to tell you our group was SHOCKED by how badly managed the fire scene itself was. Gross mistakes were made from the moment the call came in that left even our most junior officer shocked and dismayed. Usually, when we review an incident involving the death of our brothers we find a series of small things that we can learn from. Sometimes we find one big mistake, other times just a single small one. The scariest are the ones you have to admit you'd have made the same mistake -- but you'll never make it now that you've seen this result. In the case of the Super Sofa fire, that wasn't the case. As we listened we just became more and more angry. Calling the methods and practices of what we heard 40 years out of date is extremely accurate.

We honor our fallen brothers by studying these incidents and making sure we do not repeat any mistakes. In the end, while firefighting is inherently dangerous and can never be made entirely safe, there is absolutely no excuse for ignoring forty years of science and best practices that even the smallest volunteer crews in rural backwaters have been putting into practice as a matter of course.

Posted by FirefighterGeek on August 12, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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