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  • What should count as a LODD?

    OK, one of my replys to another topic got me to thinking about the question as to what is really a LODD.

    What I mean is it is generally thought that all on duty deaths, whether from the start of to the end of shift for career people or from the time the tones go off until the volly gets back home for volunteers, training whether from trauma or medical and so forth are classified as LODDs.

    When I think of LODDs, I tend to think of the brothers and sisters killed in the heat of the battle - say a guy that falls off a 35' ladder reaching out for a baby the mother dropped from the 5th floor window, from a flashover, or being stuck by a vehicle at the scene - you get the idea.

    Considering that, while technically the following are on-duty and died while on duty:

    A. Is somebody that is a heart attack waiting to happen and it happens at the station or on the fire ground is really a LODD?

    B. Is somebody killed as a result of their own actions responding to or returning from an incident really a LODD?

    C. Is somebody killed as a result of their own actions and in violation of departmental safety procedures or just plain old common sense really a LODD?

    Just wondering...
    It's only my opinion. I do not speak for any group or organization I belong to or associate with or people I know - especially my employer. If you like it, we can share it, you don't have to give me credit. If you don't, we are allowed to disagree too (but be ready to be challenged, you may be on to something I'm not). That's what makes America great!

  • #2
    Yes mongo all those are. Because who is going to stand up at the funeral of a brother firefighter, that even though he was on a fast track to heart attack,and say he wasnt line of duty when he was on shift?

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    • #3
      When I think of an LODD, I always initially picture a firefighter being killed by something traumatic and beyond his immediate control, such as a roof collapse. I’ll even consider victims of MVA’s if they were responding to an emergency call and the apparatus was being operated appropriately.

      I don’t think it’s a LODD if someone slips on a wet floor at the station and hits their head hard enough to kill themselves, or if they are on duty and standing in line at a hot dog stand and a car jumps the curb and kills them.

      But I can’t limit LODD’s to just traumatic injury. A perfectly healthy person can exert themselves into a heart attack at a fire scene.

      I do believe there should be a distinction between LINE OF DUTY and ON DUTY.

      I think that we use the term LODD a little too freely, but it would be hard to make it a purely black and white issue.
      Bryan Beall
      Silver City, Oklahoma USA

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      • #4
        I'd like to know the motivation behind the question. I feel truckie is correct. If it's a firefighter and he is on duty, or Vol headed for the station. I'll be standing there in my class A uniform. Does falling in the station make a guy less dead than someone caught in a flashover. If it were only an injury and workers comp covers it then a fatality is a LODD.

        My $ .02, Stay safe

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        • #5
          Gotcher point Mongo, but if you don't include 'em all, who gets to decide which ones are? Who gets to selects the people that decide? Do you think any group of firepeople [ahem] would agree?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mongofire_99:
            OK, one of my replys to another topic got me to thinking about the question as to what is really a LODD.


            A. Is somebody that is a heart attack waiting to happen and it happens at the station or on the fire ground is really a LODD?

            B. Is somebody killed as a result of their own actions responding to or returning from an incident really a LODD?

            C. Is somebody killed as a result of their own actions and in violation of departmental safety procedures or just plain old common sense really a LODD?

            Just wondering...
            In each case I have to state YES. Here are some examples for each:

            1. 40-50 y/o male. Dies while running from his place of employment TO THE STATION (which is only next to the firehouse, of a CVA. What caused the attack? Remember that world class atheletes in EXCELLENT CONDITION also die from heart attacks! LODD, Yes! (Went to his funeral)

            2. Firefighter while returning to station from a call rolls the tanker and is killed. LODD, Yes! (Read about it)

            3. Firefighter at college awakens to sounds of smoke detectors, finds HIS dorm burning. He helps rescue several people while wearing no gear, no SCBA, etc. While going back in, he is overcome by smoke and toxic gasses and succombs. By your definition, he should not have gone back in! Is it an LODD, YES!!! Emphatically!!! (Went to HIS funeral).

            3b. How many OTHER firefighters have been passing by a fire and gone in without gear or SCBA. Does it violate just about every reg there is? YOU BET! How many do we read about in the Heroism issue of Firehouse mag? Several.

            There is a word for these firefighters, and it isn't irresponsible. These people are HEROES!!!!!

            SOAP BOX MODE = OFF


            In memory of Bugs!

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            • #7
              What about all our brothers out there dying of duty related cancer? That isnt really addressed, but it happens. I guess its hard to prove. firefighters die from cancers at a rate of 4 times that of the national everage.Put that in your barn and burn it!

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              • #8
                Mongo,
                this is a good question. I beleive that there may be many causes of LODD. Firefighting is perhaps the most dangerous job that there is. Many times stress (a leading cause of heart problems) may cause a death. Mongo, are you ever really off duty. I am sure that if you were on holiday and if you seen a wreck, your instincts would take over and you would do what you could to help. If someone hit your car while you were turning around to get to the scene and you were killed, i would call that a line of duty death. You could even offer aid to someone on a hunting or fishing trip and get snake bit. You were acting in the greatest tradition of firefighters everywhere. Giving aid to your fellow citizens. A firefighter does this where ever they are.
                These are just my thoughts
                Larry

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                • #9
                  And as for the motivation, it's just a topic for discussion, something I was pondering.
                  It's only my opinion. I do not speak for any group or organization I belong to or associate with or people I know - especially my employer. If you like it, we can share it, you don't have to give me credit. If you don't, we are allowed to disagree too (but be ready to be challenged, you may be on to something I'm not). That's what makes America great!

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                  • #10
                    Should there be any distinguishment in dying while on duty as opposed to dying while performing your duty? If a person dies during their sleep while on duty I feel their families should receive all the benefits a person who dies while performing their duties will receive. However, would you consider their death an heroic death? A very hard question to answer mongo. Somehow there should be some way to differentiate between the two types of death without making eother seem trivial. I don't know how that could be done, but there must be a way.

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                    • #11
                      For clarity, I ain't interested in robbing anyone from their due benefits.
                      It's only my opinion. I do not speak for any group or organization I belong to or associate with or people I know - especially my employer. If you like it, we can share it, you don't have to give me credit. If you don't, we are allowed to disagree too (but be ready to be challenged, you may be on to something I'm not). That's what makes America great!

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                      • #12
                        I wasn't implying you intended to rob anyone of their benefits. Nor would I. However, I am afraid if we start differentiating between dying on duty and dying while performing our duty, someone (our employers?) may want to change the rules on benefits. I know none of us want to see that!

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                        • #13
                          You can bet your sweet bippy that benefits would be cut if we start differentiating between LODD and "on-duty not LODD". No argument there, Chief.

                          But, for the sake of this discussion, forget the benefits for a moment.

                          If a firefighter dies in his sleep or in a flashover, everybody should show up at his funeral in Class A dress, mourn the loss of a brother, and take care of his family. It's not because he was "on duty" or because he a died in a fire, it's because he's firefighter. It should be the same if the same firefighter dies in a car accident on vacation.

                          So, take away any "benefit" to dying in the line of duty, and what's everybody's opinion? If I go home from a call from my little VFD driving like a drunk monkey and straighten out a curve at 95mph, I would hope that people wouldn't consider it a LODD. I wouldn't WANT them to. I'd still honor a brother for being a firefighter if he did the same thing, however.

                          Just my opinion.

                          [ 09-02-2001: Message edited by: Silver City 4 ]
                          Bryan Beall
                          Silver City, Oklahoma USA

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                          • #14
                            Mongofire...

                            I know we dont agree on a lot of things...but...
                            I feel that if you are on duty, responding, training, fitness training...etc...anything that is an extension of your job and you pass away, it is a LODD.

                            Even despite the fact that you may be out of shape or make a mistake that leads to the passing.

                            Bottom line is..you are on duty...and serving your community.
                            09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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                            The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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                            • #15
                              I think Silver City may be on to something. The term 'LODD' has become too distorted, and I feel it is misused when you may be referring to someone who died from injuries recieved falling from a ladder during training, or going home from the firehouse after responding in for a call. Those would be more appropriately "On-Duty" deaths.

                              How is it possible to place someone into the LODD category when they died by not following safe practices in training, or when "straightening out a curve" at 90 miles an hour when going home after a run with a rural VFD? True, they were serving their community, but I find it a little unreasonable to group those into the same category as the brothers that pass during an explosion and collapse of a hardware store, collapse of a roof, or (as stated earlier) falling after trying to grab an infant dropped from the fifth floor.

                              I fully believe in paying respects to those who served should they pass, no matter how it happens, but I belive the LODD distinction should be handed out a little less liberally.

                              Would you hand out a unit citation to EVERY unit on the scene of a challenging call, regardless of their actions on the scene, or just the ones who got deep into the thick of things to make a difference? Same thing... proper recogniton has it's place. Not depriving anyone of that recognition, but there are varying levels...

                              I could easily die watching TV when a filing cabinet gets knocked over and crushes my skull, but do I deserve the same LODD title as the crew who dies after plunging through a burning floor while searching for a victim? I would sure hope not...

                              [ 09-02-2001: Message edited by: lumpy649 ]
                              Hey, it's MY opinion, not that of my department or peers.

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