Line of Duty

NIOSH LODD Report: Cardiac Event Claims New York Firefighter


Physical stress of responding to and participating in fire suppression activities at the structure fire triggered a heart attack after this 2015 fire.

On-Duty Deaths and Advancing Hoselines in 2016


A closer look at reported firefighter fatality on the hoseline data.

Line of Duty Deaths: Learn, Live & Never Forget


Brian Gettemeier shares a weekly calendar of firefighter fatality investigation reports for our education and to honor the fallen.

NIOSH LODD Report: Oklahoma Storm Drain Rescue


Captain swept into underground drain during flooding

NIOSH LODD Report: D.C. Apartment Fire

NIOSH LODD Report: D.C. Apartment Fire


Prior to the fire the lieutenant was not known to have coronary heart disease.

NIOSH LODD Report: Montana Safety Officer Sudden Death


The death certificate, completed by the county deputy coroner, listed “multi-drug toxicity” as the cause of death.

I challenge you to learn from our tragedies and past mistakes, be proactive, and continue to fight for firefighter safety and the equipment that we need to keep us safe! (Photo by John Cetrino.)

Will We Forget Our Past Again?


Learn from tragedies and past mistakes, be proactive, and continue to fight for firefighter safety and the equipment to keep us safe! 

Game of Fire


A review of My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire's Lone Survivor by Brendan McDonough.

Focus on Fireground: FDNY 23rd Street Collapse


Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan and guests take a look at the FDNY 23rd Street fire and collapse

Firefighter Fatalities


An examination of the latest information from the NFPA regarding on-duty firefighter fatalities.

Raising the Fallen

12/01/2014 Lt. Tom Wolf designed a platform that helps pallbearers load and unload the caskets of brothers and sisters at funerals.

On Duty & Line of Duty: What Is the Difference?

03/07/2013 The death of a firefighter is a tragedy that evokes many emotions and sentiments. Among them is the tradition and tribute associated with remembering the firefighter as having died in the line of duty. But before we can fully embrace this tradition, we must first understand the proper terminology related to firefighter fatalities and how this terminology affects the official annual tallies put forth by two national fire service organizations--the USFA and the NFFF.

Line of Duty … or Not Line of Duty?

11/01/2011 Should a department member who passes away—but not in the line of duty—receive a full firefighter’s funeral, complete with honor guard, bagpipes, etc.? And what if they are a department veteran versus a new, young member? Nozzlehead addresses these sensitive questions.

2010 LODD Stats Offer Mixed News

04/01/2011 Following the release of the provisional statistics on 2010 LODDs, Jane Jerrard analyzes the numbers, finding that there’s good news (the numbers are down) and bad news (many deaths were clearly preventable), and goes straight to best safety minds in the fire service—Ron Siarnicki, Billy Goldfeder and Rich Marinucci—for advice as to what the fire service can do to keep the numbers headed downward.

Tour of Duty Runners Remember 9/11

11/30/2010 In honor of the 343 firefighters and thousands of civilians who perished on 9/11, a group of 36 runners from the United States and Australia ran across the country, from Santa Monica, Calif., to Ground Zero in New York City.

Put It All Together: Integrate multimedia into post-incident analyses to solidify lessons learned

07/01/2010 According to instructional theorists, we retain 10 percent of what we read, 20 percent of what we hear and 30 percent of what we see.

Remembering Jim Page

09/01/2009 FireRescue Editor-in-Chief Tim Sendelbach shares two early influences on his fire service career, one of which was meeting Jim Page, the founder of FireRescue magazine.

LODD Report: Deputy Fire Chief Dies When Floor Fails

05/31/2009 A 34-year-old male volunteer deputy fire chief died after falling through a failed section of floor on the first floor of a residential structure fire while attacking the fire from above.

Gentle Giant


NIOSH Line-of-Duty Death Report

04/30/2009 On Dec. 30 2006 a 31-year-old male career firefighter died when he was struck by a collapsing awning while applying water to hot spots at a structure fire in a one-story commercial building.


Volume 12, Issue 1

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