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4 FFs suspended over hazing; Why 'risk moralists' are wrong | June 13, 2012

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Why 'risk moralists' are wrong
Gratuities while on duty: Bad idea?
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News Spotlight
NFPA: Firefighter fatalities hit record low
The National Fire Protection Association reports 61 on-duty fatalities for 2011, down from 73 in 2010. Both years were the lowest numbers since NFPA began keep track of the deaths in 1977. More importantly, 2011 marks the third consecutive year of decreasing firefighter fatalities; the 2009 total was 82, down from 105 in 2008. "Significant decreases"
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Severely burned FF returns to work
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Volunteer firefighter Kevin O'Toole says he has never been more happy to be in a firehouse than he was Tuesday night. (Image WUSA) Here's why
Today's Top Stories:
4 Texas firefighters suspended for hazing: Rookie sprayed with water hoses, chased down, duct taped, buckled to backboard
Obama: Romney opposes adding firefighter jobs: New campaign video attacks Republican's 'job elimination plan'
Ex-FF's body found after fire at NJ home
New FF video aims to reduce LODDs, injuries
Battalion chief injured in department SUV crash
USFA borrows tankers from Canada
News Analysis:
Keep fatalities trending down
By Chief Adam K. Thiel, FR1 Editorial Advisor
Without question, the results of this report are good news for the fire and emergency services. It's great to see the number of on-duty firefighter fatalities continue trending downward for another year. And, as mentioned in the story, it seems likely the industry-wide investment on safety, health and wellness is starting to pay dividends. But we also know that we have a lot of work left to do. No risk junkies
Bread and Butter Basics
Why 'risk moralists' are wrong
By Charles Bailey, FR1 Columnist
Safety backlashers argue that fire departments are too risk-averse and that firefighting is inherently dangerous. You knew the risks when you took the oath, and should be willing, even eager to take those risks. Here's why they're wrong. 7 reasons
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Line-Of-Duty Deaths
 NC assistant fire chief dies after returning from call
Donald Suggs - June 12, 2012 - Summerville, NC
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Fireground Commentary
Gratuities while on duty: Bad idea?
Accepting gratuities is stepping into the frog-soup pot, which is the real lesson from a recent Facebook incident that cost a few firefighters some time off.
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Community Focus
Teach civilians to survive fire
By Tom Kiurski, FR1 Columnist
People who seek out extreme stress learn to excel and think ahead when in dangerous situations. This isn't a suggestion to go and put civilians in danger, but in order to teach them to survive the possibility of a fire, kinetic learning is the key. Memory matters
FR1 Video
Firefighters extricate victim
Pa. firefighters extricate the driver from this motor vehicle crash.
Four-alarm fire in Worcester
Seven buildings were damaged in this four-alarm blaze in Worcester, Mass.
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