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Brownwood Firefighter 'Stand Down' for safety

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Jun 07 2013 06:10:05 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 25 2013 11:26:22 AM CDT
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

Many fire departments across Texas are taking steps to stress the importance of safety by participating in "firefighter stand down".

It is a week-long effort for firefighters to review safety procedures and to reduce deaths in the field.

"We are in a very risky occupation," Brownwood Fire Department Chief Del Albright said. "We've got to make sure that we are following our procedures and keeping our firefighters safe."

Aside from emergencies, firefighters take time during their shifts to go through training, such as ensuring their equipment and protective clothing gear work properly. Being prepared and knowing what to do when arriving at dangerous situations will also be discussed.

At least 14 firefighters in Texas have died in the line of duty this year.

The stand down was first implemented in 2005 to help reduce the number of firefighter deaths per year. The goal was to keep the number lower than 100, which according to Chief Albright, has been maintained these past few years.

Brownwood Fire Department has not lost any member in the line of duty, but Chief Albright said everyone still needs to take precaution.

"Every call you go out on, you just never know what might happen."

"Firefighter Stand Down" happens one week in June every year as a reminder that safety should be the number one concern.