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Death by Incompetence

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been reporting on the malfeasance/misfeasance that led to the death of firefighter cadet Racheal Wilson in a training exercise in February.

Today the Baltimore Sun give us more details and it is a damning indictment of the training of the Baltimore Fire Department. An axiom of training is following the book to the letter. The trainees will learn shortcuts, etc., fast enough when they get to their organization but in the training environment they must follow procedures exactly.

The cadet firefighting teams went into the fire with improper equipment, their instructors showed a shockingly laissez-faire attitude towards wearing safety equipment, and they were ordered to violate basic firefighting procedure by going above an existing fire without extinguishing it.

If the report of the event is accurate, her death is perilously close to manslaughter.






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