The last thing you want to hear is that a firefighter Line of Duty Death was "Preventable." "Avoidable." "Unnecessary." "In vain."
It means somebody screwed up.
You may recall that USDA Forest Service Firefighter Anne Veseth was killed last August on a fire in Northern Idaho. We encourage all members to read the following investigative reports on this LODD- and especially, we encourage Company Officers to table-top this with their companies as part of routine daily training or "Six Minutes For Safety".
The potential always exists for Camp Pendleton Firefighters to be called for mutual aid virtually anywhere in the Western United States, and we may encounter woefully inadequate safety, command and control conditions on arrival at an incident. Remember that while we are there to get the work done, fighting fire aggressively, we owe it to ourselves and our crew to provide for safety first. We accept a certain amount of risk... but never forget that the 10's and 18's are there because someone died.
With fire season approaching in only a few months, make sure your station is ready to fight smart... and watch your brother's back.
USDA Forest Service- OSHA Citations:
Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Assn OSHA Citiation:
Hotshot Report on Steep Corner Fire:
Steep Corner Fire Overview via Inciweb:
Thanks to Chief Billy Goldfeder and Staff at The Secret List for providing the continuing coverage of this LODD.