Are we first or are we second? We took an oath, and we ARE their last hope! We are surrounded by safety programs, acronyms, lectures, and safety officers, yet we still die. Is it fate or could we have been a little smarter? Is your organizational culture playing a role in your personal family? This straightforward presentation addresses the cultural impact you, your crew, your firehouse and your department will play in deciding whether you live or die. We do it unknowingly. Numerous factors are addressed in a no-nonsense impactful presentation reviewing case studies from numerous LODD incidents and close calls. The presenter served on the Texas Line of Duty Death (LODD) Task Force in 2013 where 20 first responders lost their lives. Additionally, six other LODDs that occurred in Dallas are addressed from a firsthand experience.