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Firefighter

A slang term for a person who solves problems as they arise. The term connotes the idea that the firefighter is distracted from dealing with larger issues because minor problems prevent him/her from doing so.
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"The causes of firefighter deaths can all be changed, if the government really wants to change them, but it will only be done by a government that values its firefighters.
The objective of the course is to improve fire incident command strategies to reduce firefighter deaths. The Command School instructors developed a presentation utilizing the NIST produced CD-ROM, Simulation of the Dynamics of the fire at 3146 Cherry Road NE, Washington, DC, May 30, 1999, NISTIR 6510.
During the Technical Committee's meeting in Nashville, Gary Briese, Executive Director of the International Association of Fire Chiefs urged that the committee consider all variables involved in fire fighter injury and death and further noted that 60 percent of firefighter deaths are the result of cardiac arrest and 25 percent are traffic related.
Metterville said that when he began to hear the news of possible firefighter deaths in Boston, he remembered the chilling radio calls of Dec.
According to the United States Fire Association, 44 percent of all line-of-duty firefighter deaths from 1995 to 2004 were heart-related.
Many recent firefighter deaths are a consequence of trying to save some isolated house or cabin in the woods.
USFA maintains a database of all on-duty firefighter deaths. On-duty death is defined as the death of any firefighter who died while on duty or after recently completing a call (within 24 hours) for an organized fire department.
Several firefighters approached said only a spokesman could talk with a reporter yesterday, but people who have been part of the aftermath of firefighter deaths asked for people's prayers and said structures are in place to help firefighters cope.
Gibson said representatives of the agency, which investigates all firefighter deaths, will be in town next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Heart attacks are the second-biggest cause of firefighter deaths; trauma at the fire or on the way to it is the first.
Total number of Lane County firefighter deaths since 1881: 11
Putting aside the obviously unique and overwhelming loss of 340 New York City firefighters in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, Charleston's is the first building fire in the United States to eclipse Worcester in firefighter deaths.