During the month of May the NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program released the investigative reports of four firefighter line of duty deaths.
Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation F2011-13
California Career Lieutenant and Fire Fighter/Paramedic Die in a Hillside Residential House Fire
On June 02, 2011, a 48 year-old career lieutenant and a 53 year-old fire fighter/paramedic died in a multi-level residential structure fire while searching for the seat of the fire. The fire floor was one floor below street level. Six companies and three command chiefs were dispatched to a report of an electrical fire at a residential home.
Fire Fighter Fatality Investigaiton F2011-17
Texas Wildland Fire Fighter Dies from Hyperthermia and External Heatstroke While Conducting Mop-Up Operations
On June 23, 2011, a 23-year-old male seasonal wildland fire fighter (FF) on an interagency hot shot crew (IHC) deployed from his duty station in Utah to fight wildland fires in Georgia and Texas. After fighting fires in Georgia for 4 days, the crew was dispatched to Texas. After travelling for 3 days, then staging for 3 days, the crew began fire fighting on July 4, 2011.
Fire Fighter Fatality Investigaiton F2011-23
Iowa Volunteer Fire Fighter Struck and Killed While Directing Traffic at an Interstate highway Incident
On September 18, 2011, a 41-year-old male volunteer fire fighter (the victim) lost his life while directing traffic at a motor vehicle collision on an interstate highway. The victim responded to the scene in the department's rescue truck to establish a traffic incident management area (TIMA) while an ambulance crew from his department checked on vehicle occupants involved in the collision.
Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation F2011-29
Indiana Engineer Dies from Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest
On July 9, 2011, a 50-year-old male volunteer fire department (FD) engineer (the Engineer) began a 40-hour technical rescue and structural collapse training program. The training occurred on three consecutive weekends for 8 hours each day. The training occurred when the weather was hot and humid; daily heat indexes ranged from 84.5 degrees Fahrenheit (°F) to 103°F. In addition, the Engineer had a number of medical conditions that should have restricted his work as a structural fire fighter according the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
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