Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 97-0166-2726, International Association of Fire Fighters, Wilmington, Delaware.
On April 11, 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request for a health hazard evaluation (HHE) from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), on behalf of fire fighters from the City of Wilmington Fire Department (WFD), to assess the incident response procedures used during a fire in a high-rise office building on April 2-3, 1997, in Wilmington, Delaware. The IAFF reported that over 200 fire fighters and other response personnel were involved in the incident. In response to this request, NIOSH investigators conducted a site visit to the WFD on July 28-29, 1997. In addition to an opening conference with representative of the WFD and the IAFF, Local 1590, individual private interviews were held with several fire fighters and other members of the WFD who responded to the incident. Several WFD standard operating procedures (SOPs) and other pertinent records were obtained for review. Individual post-incident reports from the line commanders and several other fire fighters were also requested and subsequently reviewed.