Family Wants Changes to Operating Procedures
A Firefighter’s Widow is calling upon the City of Dallas to make changes to the way things are done to help protect other firefighters, which may eventually cause changes to Emergency Operating Procedures.
Stanley Wilson, 51, died May 20, 2013, when he was crushed inside a collapsing condo during a six-alarm fire in northeast Dallas. His death prompted strife within the department, and answers were slow to come out. A 703-page draft report obtained by The Dallas Morning News reported issues with the deputy chief’s orders during the blaze, and cited a “culture of indifference” among firefighters to policies and procedures at the fire department.
Jenny Wilson has been asking for changes to be made to training and for fire-ground communications to be recorded. Though she is prevented from filing a lawsuit since her husband died in the line of duty, she is still seeking to have changes made at the city in an attempt to prevent this from happening to another family in the future.
How might this effect Emergency Management? Though the Emergency Manager isn’t directly responsible for making the changes Jenny Wilson is asking for, it is important to be aware of them. A change in the way incident response is done might very well change some of the Emergency Operating Procedures, documentation requirements during a disaster, and even the way the Emergency Operations Center functions. Also, even if this issue fades into the background, a disaster might bring it back to the forefront. This means Emergency Managers need to ensure their PIO’s are ready to deal with the issue.
Read the Dallas Morning News’ Full Article: Here
See the State Fire Marshall and City of Dallas’ Incident Reports: Here