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One career fire fighter dies and a captain is hospitalized after floor collapses in residential fire - North Carolina.

Authors
Romano-NT; Frederick-L
Source
NIOSH 2003 Jan; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
20022444
Abstract
On March 4, 2002, a 22-year-old male career fire fighter (the victim) was injured and subsequently died and a 25-year-old male Captain was injured when the floor collapsed while they were fighting a residential fire. The Captain was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he was admitted overnight for first- and second-degree burns. The victim was conscious and was transported by medical helicopter to a State medical center where he died 2 days later. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1. ensure that each Incident Commander conducts a size-up of the incident before initiating fire-fighting efforts, after command is transferred, and continually evaluates the risk versus gain during operations at an incident; 2. ensure fire fighters are trained to recognize the dangers of searching above a fire; 3. ensure that an Incident Safety Officer, independent from the Incident Commander, is appointed; 4. ensure that ventilation is closely coordinated with fire attack; 5. ensure that a Rapid Intervention Team is established and in position immediately upon arrival; and, 6. ensure that adequate numbers of staff are available to operate safely and effectively.
Keywords
Region-4; Fire-fighters; Emergency-responders; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries
Publication Date
20030131
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
PB2003-103282
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-F2002-11
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NC; WV
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