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MISCELLANEOUS

AUSTRALIA FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY

A Victoria Country Fire Authority volunteer Firefighter has died while fighting a fire in Victoria’s west. The Firefighter, 66-year-old former captain Garry Mallen suffered a medical episode while responding to the fire on Short Street. He collapsed while operating at the suspicious fire at a property in Portland on Tuesday morning. His brigade colleagues, Fire Rescue...
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2 SOUTH KOREAN FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Two Firefighters were found dead Thursday after responding to a fire at a meat processing factory. Firefighters recovered the bodies of 27-year-old Kim Su-kwang and 35-year-old Park Su-hoon, who were stranded during the rescue and extinguishing operations. They were found 20 feet from each other, on the 3rd floor, 3 hours apart due to debris...
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SEARCHING ALONE AT FIRES

Illinois OSHA inspectors have warned* Chicago’s Mayor Brandon Johnson to improve firefighter safety after finding major breakdowns in communication at scenes where Firefighters have died, including a fire that left a rookie dead. The Illinois Division of Occupational Safety and Health sent a strongly worded letter* to Johnson that the CFD must make it “standard...
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HOW AND WHY THIS CHICAGO FIREFIGHTER DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY: REPORT

The following report summary (and report) is a great tool for any department to use as a template in determining “could this happen here?”…and use it for our own policy and related training development. The greatest way to honor FF Plummer’s supreme sacrifice is, by all of us, to learn what happened and aggressively apply the lessons...
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What DO Firefighters REALLY WANT in 2024?

That’s a loaded question. What DO Firefighters really want in 2024?  When I thought about it, after talking to Firefighters in a bunch of different areas in the past year, things such as the below come up… -Less mandated holdovers… -More staffing… -Hospitals that accept patients within the same calendar day… -Bosses who get it…(into the job) -Computers...
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26 Year Old Firefighter Death Highlights Need for Better Communication about Health Issues

The report on Burlington (CT) Firefighter Colin McFadden’s death points at early cancer screenings, timely communication about follow-up exams. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended better communication about medical matters, including with young firefighters, in the wake of the death of a 26-year-old volunteer from Burlington who collapsed while battling a fire in...
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