Firefighter Safety

Already this year more than 50 firefighters have lost their lives while on duty. Four of those were in Alabama and more recently nice in Charleston, South Carolina.

Each year about 100 firefighters die, some while on the scene, but many during training exercises and while commuting to and from an emergency scene.

Experts say many of these deaths are preventable.

That's why firefighters nationwide are participating in a stand down for safety program to help lower the number of fatalities.

Dothan Fire Dept. Captain Chris Etheredge said, "We've seen an increase in numbers of firefighters killed responding to alarms so we teach to be defensive drivers and be safe in everything."

This stand down for safety week does not affect fire fighters responding to emergencies around town, they're just focusing on safety instead of doing routine maintenance to buildings and the stations.

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