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 operating procedure” for firefighters to stay in touch with each other at all times.

“CFD must extinguish the practice of members operating alone inside structure fires,” agency Chief Erik Kambarian wrote last week. “IL OSHA will leverage all available enforcement tools to ensure members enter together, stay together, and exit together.”

Once again this is an opportunity for all of us to look at our own policies, training, and regular operations with a “could that happen here?” focus.