The United States Fire Administration Essay

1704 WordsDec 12, 20167 Pages
In 2011, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) reported that 83 firefighters forfeited their lives while on the job. 87 line-of-duty-deaths (LODD) occurred in 2010, 115 in 2005, and 81 in 1993. Throughout the history of the United States’ Fire Service, firefighters have been dying in the line of duty at a disturbingly dependable rate of approximately 100 each year. Although technological innovations and a cultural shift towards safety have had a significant impact in curbing firefighter LODD’s over the years, the total number of fatalities per year has rarely deviated. This may seem contradictory, until one understands that as the total population residing within the United States has risen, so has the population of those employed as firefighters. Considering this, one may conclude that total LODD’s should increase analogously with the population of firefighters. Thankfully, advances in education, engineering, equipment, and enforcement have reduced the total number of fatalities, thereby evincing the erroneous nature of this supposition. The Fire Service has managed to diminish the potential for LODD’s, which is all very well and good, but as long as firefighters continue to die of preventable causes, any and all prudent measures to attenuate those deaths should be taken. In light of the fact that most firefighter LODD’s are a result of sudden cardiac death, the most sensible method of ameliorating LODD’s is to improve the fitness of firefighters to conduct their
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