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    Our department lost a firefighter to a roll-over accident several years ago and I can relate to the pain and loss. What I have a problem with is, that in many variations we as a fire service keep allowing this scenerio to occur over and over again. I have been in the fire service 28 years and most of the reasons these incidents occur are not new reasons. They are the most basic of mistakes or acts of complacency. Examples such as driving to fast,or over driving the ability of the vehicle, young inexperienced drivers or immproperly trained drivers, personnel not wearing seatbelts, and now the drinking issue. I can relate to Billy Goldfeder, in that 20 years ago in another department it was common to see a bottle of whiskey on the kitchen table and see beer in the fridge. The volunteers that would respond from home would have a good load of alcohol under their belt when they arrive on scene. But that was then, it should not be apart of now or the future. The stakes are too high! We cannot and should not accept the death of another firefighter because we as a service, as brothers and sisters, are complacent ourselves, or afraid to hurt someones feelings in order to address an issue such as this. It is far past time for all of us to evaluate what is or isn't going on in our departments. I hope in this lifetime not to have to read about another firefighter death, especially one due to these circumstances.
    Last edited by parcamo; 06-10-2003, 11:01 AM.

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