A 29-year old fire fighter (decedent 1), and a 21-year old fire fighter (decedent 2) died and a 42-year old fire captain was injured when a second story floor fell on them while fighting a residential fire. The home's resident was also fatally injured. The municipal fire department received a call at 4:11:35 a.m. from a neighbor of the residence on fire reporting a structure fire. Subsequent calls reported a woman trapped in her home. Two engines, one truck, a battalion chief, a chief's operator and a safety engine were dispatched to the scene. Entrance was made through the single-story structure in the front in order to access the involved two-story addition at the rear. The fire fighters attacked the flames with 1-3/4-inch and 1-1/2-inch hoses in order to attempt the rescue of the trapped resident. While they were fighting the fire, the second story floor collapsed without any warning. The floor, which was twenty-seven feet by 21-feet 8-inches, collapsed as a whole. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future occurrences, fire departments should: 1. Address the need for a coordinated attack strategy. 2. Reassess attack strategy when the possibility of rescue has passed and fire damage is significant. 3. Develop a training program that specifically addresses the structural integrity of a fire-damaged structure. 4. Assure that fire department communications protocol is adequate, that it is known to all personnel, and that it is followed. 5. Ensure that fire command always maintains close accountability for all personnel at the fire scene.
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