Firefighters more likely to die in training or crashes than battling blazes, research finds

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As Boston mourns two firefighters, an audience of burn-care professionals heard new research Friday that found that firefighters are more likely to die in the line of duty while training or because of a vehicle crash than in a fire.

Dr. Steven A. Kahn delivered the findings at a meeting of the American Burn Associaton at the Sheraton Hotel, located near the Back Bay firehouse where Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. and Firefighter Michael Kennedy worked. The talk had been scheduled far in advance of the fatal fire on Beacon Street.

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