FIRE FIGHTER FATALITY INVESTIGATION AND PREVENTION PROGRAM
The United States depends on about 1.1 million fire fighters to protect its citizens and property from fire. Approximately 336,000 are career fire fighters, 812,000 are volunteers, and 80 to 100 die in the line of duty each year.
To address this occupational hazard, the NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program conducts independent investigations of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths.
The NIOSH FFFIPP team investigated a fatality caused by a propane explosion. Odor fade of ethyl mercaptan was identified as a contributing factor. Read more about odor fade in natural gas and propane and how to reliably detect a leak.
Phase in a mandatory comprehensive wellness and fitness program for firefighters.