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Two fire fighters die of smoke and soot inhalation in residential fire - Pennsylvania.

Authors
Pettit-TA; Braddee-RW; Hodous-TK
Source
NIOSH 1998 Jan; :1-37
NIOSHTIC No.
20000276
Abstract
On October 27, 1997, two male fire fighters died of smoke and soot inhalation while fighting a residential fire. An Engine Company comprised of four fighters was responding to a 911 call of a downed power line in a residential neighborhood when one of the fire fighters noticed smoke emitting from the basement area of a nearby residence. Without notifying fire dispatch of the change in conditions (smoke coming from the residence), three fire fighters entered the residence to assist the residents out, and to survey the conditions and location of the fire. The fire fighters then exited the residence to don their self-contained breathing apparatus. Two of the fire fighters reentered the residence with a charged 3/4-inch booster line and proceeded to the basement (location of the fire) to attack the fire. This was the last time either fire fighter was seen alive. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, fire departments should: ensure that fire fighters advise dispatch of any change in conditions that would warrant a change in the status of unit(s) responding to a specific condition; ensure that fire fighters wear and use PASS devices when involved in fire fighting, rescue, and other hazardous duties.
Keywords
Fire-fighting; Mortality; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Respirators; Emergency-response; Accident-analysis; Self-contained-breathing-apparatus; Work-practices; Smoke-inhalation; Hazard-communication; Communications-equipment; Safety-practices; Region-3; Warning-devices; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Equipment-reliability; Air-flow; Airway-resistance
Publication Date
19980120
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
PB99-157158
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
FACE-98-03
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; WV
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