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Each year an average of 100 fire fighters die in the line of duty. To address this continuing national occupational fatality problem, NIOSH conducts independent investigations of fire fighter line of duty deaths. This web page provides access to NIOSH investigation reports and other fire fighter safety resources.



Public Meeting

Reminder – Public Docket Number NIOSH 063-C will remain open to receive public comments on the NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program until 11:59 PM on October 20, 2014. View the Federal Register Notice announcement. You may submit written comments on the FFFIPP docket page. A summary of the 2014 Public Meeting Webinar will be posted soon.

Recall Certain Sutphen Aerial Fire Apparatus

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) is advising end users of the recall of certain model Sutphen aerial fire apparatus. In the affected vehicles, the bearings used for extension of the ladder may seize causing the extension cables passing over them to chafe and fail. Sutphen Corporation (Sutphen) has voluntarily removed all 5-Section Aerial Devices (SPH 100, SP 110, SPI 112, and SAI 110) from service and is undertaking a thorough review. More information can be found on the NHSTA website and the Sutphen website. Persons having information related to the unexpected failure of these model aerial devices should contact the NHTSA at the following e-mail address:

Fire Fighter Program Video

Video summary of FFFIPP Program recorded live by Fire Department Network News TV (FDNNTV) at the 50th IAFF Fire Fighter Convention in San Diego, CA on August 23, 2010.

Recently Released Reports

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation # F2014-10 Senior Captain Suffers Sudden Cardiac Death During Training – Alaska (added 9/02/14)

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation # F2014-11 Fire Fighter Suffers Sudden Cardiac Death While Working at a Grass Fire – Mississippi (added 8/25/14)

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation # F2014-08 Assistant Fire Chief Suffers Fatal Heart Attack While Operating an Engine at a Residential Structure Fire – Pennsylvania (added 8/20/14)

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation # F2013-07 Career Captain Dies Conducting Roof Operations at a Commercial Structure Fire – Pennsylvania (added 8/20/14)

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation # F2014-05 Firefighter Suffers Fatal Heart Attack at Fire Station After Returning from a Fire Alarm – New York (added 8/19/14)

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation # F2014-04 Fire Chief Suffers Fatal Heart Attack While Fighting a Residential Structure Fire – Arkansas (added 8/12/14)

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation # F2014-01 Fire Fighter Suffers Sudden Cariac Death at Structure Fire – West Virginia (added 7/28/14)

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation # F2013-24 Fire Fighter Dies From Aortic Dissection During Shift – Massachusetts (added 7/10/14)



Contact FFFIPP

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Fatality Investigations Team
Division of Safety Research

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