On July 4, 1997, one fire fighter died and another was injured while fighting a residential fire. As the two fire fighters advanced into the attic of the residence, the heat and smoke became so intense that fire fighter 1 (victim), on the attack nozzle, stated "I've got to go." Fire fighter 2 (injured), the back-up fire fighter, asked, "Are you OK?" Fire fighter 1 responded, "Yeah." Fire fighter 2 moved forward to control the attack nozzle that had been turned off. However, the heat and smoke were so intense that he could not advance. As he retreated, he had trouble with his air supply. After trying emergency procedures, he unsuccessfully attempted to remove his facepiece, and let out an undistinguishable sound. This is the last thing he remembered until he regained consciousness on the second floor. He was hospitalized and the fire fighter who remained in the attic died of smoke inhalation. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: ensure that fire command always maintains close accountability for all personnel at the fire scene; ensure all fire fighters wear and use personal alert safety system (PASS) devices when involved in fire fighting, rescue, or other hazardous duties; develop and implement written maintenance procedures for self-contained breathing apparatus.
Fire-fighting; Mortality; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Respirators; Emergency-response; Accident-analysis; Self-contained-breathing-apparatus; Work-practices; Carbon-monoxide; Hazard-communication; Communications-equipment; Safety-practices; Region-2; Warning-devices; Poison-gases; Equipment-reliability