Jesse Roman

New NFPA Journal column looks at a mother's efforts to improve the fire hose

Blog Post created by Jesse Roman Employee on Jan 18, 2016


In his “First Responder” column in the new January/February issue of NFPA Journal, Ken Willette looks at how a deadly fire in Boston and a mother’s loss has been the driving force behind an effort now underway to improve fire hose technology.


Cathy Crosby Bell’s son, Boston firefighter Michael Kennedy, died along with fellow firefighter Ed Walsh fighting an apartment fire on March 26, 2014, in the Back Bay section of Boston. Early investigation found that the fire hose that Kennedy and Walsh had brought into the basement to attack the fire had failed to the point where it would not allow water being pumped from the attack engine to reach the nozzle.


Since that moment Crosby Bell has tirelessly worked to make sure a similar tragedy never happens again.


“Her passion and loss were certainly felt by the technical committee and NFPA staff,” Willette writes in his column.


See what work NFPA and other groups are doing to try and make fire hoses safer by reading the “First Responder” column in the new January/February issue of NFPA Journal.


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