Follow the rules
I think, based on the number of firefighter deaths that occur each year, that it is time to get on board with the national safety standards that are established.
It seems reasonable that an organization like the NFPA should be trusted to provide guidelines, which once given out should be worthy of departments acknowledgement and general implementation.
Sure some departments may be limited as far as funding to fully implement every recommendation. But when it comes to safety issues, those standards should be a priority and the cities and counties around this country should be expected to ensure their departments comply when budget time comes along.
Local and state governments that do not insist and support compliance by the departments should face loss of funding while those who do promote safety compliance should be rewarded.
It is time for the American firefighter to be protected as much as possible by the people entrusted by the public to make decisions for governing.
Join the discussion
The comments below are member-generated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of FireRescue1.com or its staff. If you cannot see comments, try disabling privacy and ad blocking plugins in your browser. All comments must comply with our Member Commenting Policy.