View from the Street * July 2014

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” – An 1837 story by Hans Christian Andersen. An emperor hires two tailors who promise to make him a set of remarkable new clothes that will be invisible to anyone who is either incompetent or stupid. When the emperor goes to see his new clothes, he sees nothing at all — for the tailors are swindlers and there aren’t any clothes. Afraid of being judged incompetent or stupid, the emperor pretends to be delighted with the new clothes and “wears” them in a grand parade through the town. Everyone else also pretends to see them, until a child yells out, “He hasn’t got any clothes on!” People who point out the emptiness of the pretensions of powerful people and institutions are often compared to the child who says that the emperor has no clothes.

So my question for YOU? Does your Agency/City/County/State/Business operate using National BEST Safety Practices? If not, why not? A line of duty death costs families their loved ones and lost family income, and employers lose a well-trained employee, costing over $1,000,000.

National Best Safety Practices   

– TIM Network    http://timnetwork.org/
– FHWA Traffic Incident Management http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/about/tim.htm
– Responder Safety Learning Network    http://learning.respondersafety.com/
– Fire Learning Network     http://www.fireherolearningnetwork.com/
– IACP * Officer Safety  http://www.theiacp.org/CenterforOfficerSafetyandWellness
– Towing and Recovery Association of America      http://www.towserver.net/
– Safe Highways   http://www.safehighways.org/
– TIM NETWORK  Facebook    National Traffic Incident Management Coalition
– IAFF Health, Safety, Medicine   http://www.iaff.org/hs/index.htm
– NFPA 1500 Health and Safety    http://www.vfis.com/documents/NFPA1500.pdf
– VFIS    http://www.vfis.com/additional-materials-downloads.htm

NUG  http://ntimc.transportation.org/Pages/NationalUnifiedGoal(NUG).aspx 

OPS  Checklist  http://www.fireherolearningnetwork.com/Checklists/Default.aspx

2014   Killed in the Line of Duty (from all causes)

Police Officers         61   http://www.odmp.org/search/year/2014?ref=sidebar

Fire Fighters           48  http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

EMS                          03      http://www.nemsms.org/notices.htm

Towers                     07  http://www.internationaltowingmuseum.org/

Eric  Reddeck   HRFSOC@cox.net
NFFF  * Everyone Goes Home Advocate    http://www.everyonegoeshome.com

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