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One career fire fighter dies and a captain is hospitalized after floor collapses in residential fire - North Carolina.
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 F2002-11, 2003 Jan; :1-8
On March 4, 2002, a 22-year-old male career fire fighter (the victim) was injured and subsequently died and a 25-year-old male Captain was injured when the floor collapsed while they were fighting a residential fire. The Captain was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he was admitted overnight for first- and second-degree burns. The victim was conscious and was transported by medical helicopter to a State medical center where he died 2 days later. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1. ensure that each Incident Commander conducts a size-up of the incident before initiating fire-fighting efforts, after command is transferred, and continually evaluates the risk versus gain during operations at an incident; 2. ensure fire fighters are trained to recognize the dangers of searching above a fire; 3. ensure that an Incident Safety Officer, independent from the Incident Commander, is appointed; 4. ensure that ventilation is closely coordinated with fire attack; 5. ensure that a Rapid Intervention Team is established and in position immediately upon arrival; and, 6. ensure that adequate numbers of staff are available to operate safely and effectively.
Region-4; Fire-fighters; Emergency-responders; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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