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Fire chief dies as a result of a heart attack while fighting a fire in a two-story dwelling - New York.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1998 Jun; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
20000352
Abstract
On December 1, 1997, a 44-year-old male Fire Chief collapsed while fighting a fire in a two-story brick dwelling of ordinary construction. The Chief was assisting a neighboring fire department that was responding to several emergency calls at different locations in their jurisdiction. The Chief was wearing full turnout gear, including the face piece of his self-contained breathing apparatus, and was participating in physically demanding fire fighting activities when he collapsed. He died shortly after he collapsed. Based upon autopsy results, the cause of death was listed as fatal cardiac arrhythmia. A three-pronged strategy for reducing the risk of on-duty heart attacks among fire fighters has been proposed by other agencies. This strategy consists of: 1) minimizing physical stress on fire fighters; 2) screening to identify and subsequently rehabilitate high-risk individuals; and 3) encouraging increased individual physical capacity. Steps that could be taken to accomplish these ends include: providing fire fighters with lighter-weight protective equipment to reduce the physical demands placed upon fire fighters implementing an overall health and safety program such as the one recommended in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program providing fire fighters with periodic medical examinations initiating a wellness/fitness program to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and improve cardiovascular capacity.
Keywords
Fire-fighting; Safety-equipment; Smoke-inhalation; Training; Physical-fitness; Fitness-testing; Pulmonary-disorders; Cardiovascular-diseases; Region-2; Fire-fighters; Emergency-responders
Publication Date
19980601
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
PB99-155798
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-98-F11
NIOSH Division
DSR
Priority Area
Cardiovascular-disease
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NY; WV
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