Would Fewer Basics Help Reduce LODDs?

Is over a dozen too much for
the new generations?

By Bill Carey

Originally published 26 August 2014.

Back in 2004 we were given 16 items, “Life Safety Initiatives”, to help reduce line of duty deaths and they have been working.

But 10 years, many changes, heated discussions and generations of firefighters later, could we make a change to reach more of the low-hanging fruit?

The firefighters, line officers and chief officers on the job now are different generations that learn, communicate and share differently than the generation that crated the LSI’s.

Law enforcement, through the Below 100 organization (the loose equivalent of our NFFF and Everyone Goes Home), works on delivering just five basics across the country based on their officer fatality data. While they have not yet reached that goal they are making progress.

68 to date in 2014. 105 in 2013. 126 in 2012 – lowest in over 50 years.

179 in 2011. 177 in 2010 – when Below 100 was created.

140 in 2009. 158 in 2008. 203 in 2007.


What would be your Top Five from the 16 LSI’s

Should we even reduce or change them at all?

This isn’t a critique of the NFFF and EGH but a look at possible changes in our education.

If you’re working towards zero, your working towards a fantasy. Let’s set realistic goals.

Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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