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Course Description

This program is directed at firefighters with 10 minutes on the job up to the silver-haired veterans. Focusing on the research of firefighter fatalities from 1998 through 2017, this session identifies how volunteer firefighters died as a result of traumatic fire ground deaths. Dr. Krause brings together his research of firefighter's last moments, describing in detail how they perished in service to their communities. Armed with the knowledge of how these men and women died, modifications to training programs, standard operating policies and procedures and fire ground leadership development can be implemented. Combining research and actual fire ground scenarios, attendees will be afforded the opportunity to learn first-hand what mistakes were made on numerous emergency scenes. This understanding will aid the firefighter, fire officer and fire chief to develop solutions to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Attendees will leave the session with nuggets of usable, digestible information they can immediately apply on their next emergency scene and within their respective fire departments.

Learning Objectives:

Firefighters around the country continue to perish at an alarming rate. Despite improvements in protective clothing, improved building designs and general firefighting training, firefighter deaths remain relatively consistent from year to year. Research based upon a study of 149 fatal fireground incidents involving volunteer firefighters, totaling 176 deaths, identifies seven broad categories in-which firefighters perished.

This session identifies those seven categories, breaks down the data, identifies common themes in each of the fatalities and provides realistic methods to aid in the prevention of similar tragedies in the future. Understanding how firefighters have died in the past can inform, educate and prepare fire crews from repeating similar mistakes and suffering the same tragic result. The research data clearly shows that fatal events that occurred in 1998 are continuing to occur today despite numerous firefighting improvements. So, what’s missing? This course works to help attendees learn the lessons written in the blood of our fellow firefighters. Learning lessons from our past can benefit those still serving their communities and better prepare them not to make similar mistakes that took the lives of those that came before them.

Robert Krause

Bob Krause's knowledge and experience is built on over 37 years of working in emergency services. He's an active firefighter, fire officer, paramedic, EMS instructor, firefighting instructor, lecturer, researcher and published author. He has held positions as an Engine Company Officer, Fire Training Officer, Fire & EMS Academy Program Director, Fire & EMS Communications Supervisor, Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medical Services Educator. Bob is currently assigned as a battalion chief to Battalion 1, A-shift. 

Dr. Krause's doctoral research focused on firefighter fatalities, identifying common themes, related causes and the development of potential methods to minimize the risk of a fatal incident for firefighters. As an author, Dr. Krause's work has been published in professional journals, magazines and textbooks.