Career Fire Fighter Dies During Fire-Fighting Operations at a Multi-Family Residential Structure Fire

Report Date: April 2013

In 2011 in Massachusetts, a firefighter lost his life while operating on an apartment fire. Crews had lost contact with the victim when the fire in the involved apartment flashed. After hearing the victim’s PASS device, crews located and removed him. The victim succumbed to cardiac arrest due to the stress from firefighting and other firefighters were unable to assist him due to a lack of accountability. 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. Career Fire Fighter Dies During Fire-Fighting Operations at a Multi-Family Residential Structure Fire-Massachusetts. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report # F2011-31, 2013. Print.

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