It is with great sadness that we post this LODD. While any LODD is tragic and all of them deserve respect and reflection this one hits very close to home as it is in my home state of Virginia.
Here are links to the coverage: http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/112834
The early reports is that a vehicle pulled out in front of them and they attempted to swerve to miss it. The vehicle then flipped and both firefighters were ejected. It is also reported that neither firefighter was wearing seatbelts.
While it is very sad that these firefighters died, in order to truly honor their lives we must ensure that we learn from this. Seatbelts save lives! Yes they are uncomfortable, make it harder to get your airpack on, etc. But they also keep you in your seat in the event of a roll over, or collision. Remember we can’t help anyone if we never get to the call.
Next time you get on the rig remember these things:
1. WEAR YOUR SEATBELT
2. SLOW DOWN
3. STOP at all red lights and clear the intersection (Yes even going code 3)
4. SLOW DOWN at intersections even with the green light
5. PPE put it on prior to getting on the rig, if you get a call stop the rig then put it on then go on the call. It also can provide some safety if involved in a collision.
As one of my favorite fire service authors likes to say “Don’t just be safe, go out there and make it safe” (Dave Dodson)
People are always going to die doing this job, its dangerous. But we must find a way to stop the preventable LODD’s. We can do this by slowing down, wearing our gear, wearing our seatbelts, and getting in shape.