Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program

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There are approximately
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There are approximately
812,000
volunteer firefighters.

80 to 100
firefighters die in the line of duty each year.

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Row House Firefighting Video
Challenges and Tactics of Fighting Row House Fires

NIOSH Numbered pub 2023-101: Firefighters Stay Safe - 6 Tactics to Follow

Due to the significant number of firefighter fatalities and injuries involving row house fires, the NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program developed an informational video that highlights the challenges and tactics for fighting fire in row houses. The video identifies specific structural elements within row houses and common areas of possible fire extension. The video also presents 6 proven tactics to keep firefighters safe when fighting row house fires. This video compliments the row house firefighting Fact Sheet and Poster.

Fire departments can use these products as part of their training efforts to reduce and eliminate the risk of firefighter injury and death when fighting row house fires.

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