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Two fire fighters die of smoke and soot inhalation in residential fire - Pennsylvania.
Pettit TA; Braddee RW; Hodous TK
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 98-03, 1998 Jan; :1-37
On October 27, 1997, two male fire fighters died of smoke and soot inhalation while fighting a residential fire. An Engine Company comprised of four fighters was responding to a 911 call of a downed power line in a residential neighborhood when one of the fire fighters noticed smoke emitting from the basement area of a nearby residence. Without notifying fire dispatch of the change in conditions (smoke coming from the residence), three fire fighters entered the residence to assist the residents out, and to survey the conditions and location of the fire. The fire fighters then exited the residence to don their self-contained breathing apparatus. Two of the fire fighters reentered the residence with a charged 3/4-inch booster line and proceeded to the basement (location of the fire) to attack the fire. This was the last time either fire fighter was seen alive. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, fire departments should: ensure that fire fighters advise dispatch of any change in conditions that would warrant a change in the status of unit(s) responding to a specific condition; ensure that fire fighters wear and use PASS devices when involved in fire fighting, rescue, and other hazardous duties.
Fire-fighting; Mortality; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Respirators; Emergency-response; Accident-analysis; Self-contained-breathing-apparatus; Work-practices; Smoke-inhalation; Hazard-communication; Communications-equipment; Safety-practices; Region-3; Warning-devices; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Equipment-reliability; Air-flow; Airway-resistance
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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