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  • #16
    Originally posted by nmfire
    Gee, I thought BS lawsuits didn't go back quite that far...
    The lawsuits over Joe Tynan, the Brookline firefighter who fell of the Pirsch engine in 1982 while responding to an alarm and died from his injuries in 2002, was a watershed case in the fire service as far as equipment liability goes. It was arguably the first to have a major impact on how we spec equipment, how manufacturers advertise it, and how the standards dictate apparatus design. Many of the standards for fire apparatus you'll find in NFPA can be traced back to this incident.

    Ironically, Brookline lost another firefighter, Irwin Gross, to a fall from a fire engine just two years ago. There are published accounts (unconfirmed) that Gross was sitting next to Tynan the day Tynan was thrown from the engine in 1982.

    BS lawsuits or not, we'd never walk into a sturcture fire without our PPE, why is it we can't seem to learn to wear our damn seatbelts?
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