Volunteer Lieutenant Killed and Two Fire Fighters Injured Following Bowstring Roof Collapse at Theatre Fire

Report Date: October 2012

In 2012 in Wisconsin, a fire officer lost his life and two firefighters were trapped at a theater fire after the bowstring truss roof collapsed. The NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program identified contributing factors including uncoordinated suppression activities, poor communication, and an unrecognized bowstring truss roof.  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. Volunteer Lieutenant Killed and Two Fire Fighters Injured Following Bowstring Roof Collapse at Theatre Fire - Wisconsin. Morgantown, WV: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH Report # F2012-08, 2013. Print.

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