Firefighter fatalities 1998-2001: overview with an emphasis on structure-related traumatic fatalities.
Hodous TK; Castillo DN; Braddee R; Pizatella TJ
NOIRS 2003-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2003, October 28-30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2003 Oct; :59-60
This presentation reviews the causes of all firefighter line-of-duty-deaths from 1998 through 2001, and presents National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommendations and discussion specifically regarding the subgroup of fire fighter fatalities related to structural fires. There were 410 line-of-duty deaths among US firefighters during 1998-2001, plus an additional 343 who died at the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001. The 410 fatalities included 191 medical (non-traumatic) deaths (47%), 75 motor vehicle-related fatalities (18%); and 144 other traumatic fatalities (35%). The latter group included 68 fatalities that were associated with structures, typically involving collapses, trapped firefighters, or rapid fire progression. Despite modem equipment and training, this group of fatalities has not decreased over recent years. Additional efforts are needed to help firefighters determine when an interior attack must be abandoned before catastrophic conditions develop.
Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting; Fire-hazards; Traumatic-injuries; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Fire-fighting-equipment; Fire-protection-equipment
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NOIRS 2003-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2003, October 28-30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania