Firefighting is rarely easy. It's not a sterile profession meaning it doesn't operate in a lab, in engineered drawings nor is it a "clean" profession. Instead firefighting operations are dynamic, dirty and full of risk. Try though some might you cannot reduce the profession to mere theory.
In Buffalo, New York Chip McCarthy and Jonathon Croom were operating at a fire in a two story structure. A catastrophic collapse occurred plunging Chip into the basement. Croom went in on the mayday and both men perished.
Buffalo is grieving as are the families, members of the department and fire service members around the globe. Loss of life is never easy nor should it be for it is life firefighters try to protect even when they are in great peril.
There are many things being written and said about the fire in Buffalo. The vast majority is positive because firefighters understand the depth of loss. Still, as is the norm, others see it as a time to begin to offer up their own ideas which is fine because we all have that right. However, having the right and being right are different.
Here's the Buffalo fire in a nutshell. Two men, both fathers, were doing their jobs when a tragedy occurred. They could have chosen not to go to increase their chances of survival. Both men could have chosen different departments, some running far less than Buffalo. But, like so many before them, McCarthy and Croom responded to provide "service" because it is the fire service.
The bottom line is two firefighters were killed operating at a fire. Let's remember them for their sacrifice. Theory can wait because sometimes the human condition is vastly more important. This is one of those times.