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Fire fighter dies during operations at a fire in a three-story structure - Pennsylvania.

Authors
Baldwin-TN; Sexson-SK
Source
NIOSH 2000 Jan; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
20000411
Abstract
On June 17, 1999, a 50-year-old male Fire Fighter responded to a fire in a three-story structure. After assisting with laddering the building, removing plywood from windows and doors, and connecting his Truck to a water supply, the victim suffered a collapse which was witnessed by a paramedic who saw the Fire Fighter in apparent distress. Despite cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and advanced life support (ALS) on scene and at the hospital, the victim died. The death certificate and the autopsy, completed by the County Coroner, listed "arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease" as the immediate cause of death. Other agencies have proposed a three-pronged strategy for reducing the risk of on-duty heart attacks and cardiac arrests among fire fighters. 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. The following issues are relevant to this fire department: Fire Fighters should have annual medical evaluations to determine their medical ability to perform duties without presenting a significant risk to the safety and health of themselves or others. Reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and improve cardiovascular capacity by phasing in a mandatory wellness/fitness program for fire fighters.
Keywords
Fire-fighting; Cardiovascular-disease; Physical-fitness; Medical-screening; Risk-factors; Region-3;
Publication Date
20000105
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
PB2000-107337
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-99-F22
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Cardiovascular Disease
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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