A Career Lieutenant and Fire Fighter/Paramedic Die in a Hillside Residential House Fire

Report Date: March 2012

In 2011 in California, a fire officer and a firefighter lost their lives in a multi-level residential structure fire while searching for the fire. The fire was on the floor below the firefighters. When other crews forced entry to the fire floor from the exterior, the fire intensified and heat traveled up the interior stairway, exposing the two firefighter victims to a high thermal condition. NIOSH provides a detailed account of the event and identified insufficient size-up and insufficient communication as two of the contributing factors to this incident. These investigations should be used to learn from tragedy in an effort to avoid similar losses in the future.

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  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

    Each year an average of 100 firefighters in the United States die in the line of duty. To address this continuing national occupational fatality problem, NIOSH conducts independent investigations of firefighter line of duty deaths. This web page provides access to NIOSH investigation reports and other fire fighter safety resources.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. A Career Lieutenant and Fire Fighter/Paramedic Die in a Hillside Residential House Fire - California. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report # F2011-13, 2012. Print.

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