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Career lieutenant and fire fighter die in a flashover during a live-fire training evolution - Florida.

Romano NT; Tarley J; Berardinelli S Jr.
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 F2002-34, 2003 Jun; :1-11
On July 30, 2002, a 32-year-old male career Lieutenant (Victim #1) and a 20-year-old male career fire fighter (Victim #2) died while participating in a live-fire training evolution. A flashover occurred several minutes after the fire had been lit in the acquired vacant structure while both of the victims were performing a simulated search and rescue. The Lieutenant and the fire fighter were both transported by ambulances to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: 1. ensure that the fuels used in live-fire training have known burning characteristics and the structure is inspected for possible hazards prior to the training; 2. ensure that ventilation is closely coordinated with interior operations; 3. ensure that fires are not located in designated exit paths; 4. ensure that a method of fireground communication is established to enable coordination among the Incident Commander and fire fighters; 5. ensure that Standard Operating Guidelines (SOGs) specific to live-fire training are developed and followed; and, 6. consider using a thermal imaging camera during live-fire training. Additionally, States should consider developing a permitting procedure for live-fire training to be conducted at acquired structures. States should ensure that all the requirements of NFPA 1403 have been met before issuing the permit.
Region-4; Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting-equipment; Fire-safety; Fire-hazards; Emergency-responders; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Training
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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