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
– FHWA Traffic Incident Management
– Responder Safety Learning Network
– Fire Learning Network
– IACP * Officer Safety
– Towing and Recovery Association of America
– Safe Highways
– TIM NETWORK  Facebook    National Traffic Incident Management Coalition
– IAFF Health, Safety, Medicine
– NFPA 1500 Health and Safety


OPS  Checklist

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

Police Officers         61

Fire Fighters           48

EMS                          03

Towers                     07

Eric  Reddeck
NFFF  * Everyone Goes Home Advocate

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