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Aftermath of Firefighter Fatality Incidents: Preparing for the Worst: Special Report

The goal of this report is to provide useful information to fire departments and firefighters that may help in dealing with the consequences of such a tragedy.


Detroit Warehouse Fire Claims Three Firefighters (March 1987)

This report describes the circumstances behind firefighter fatalities occurring within three hours in two separate incidents in different buildings during a massive arson fire.


Four Firefighters Die in Seattle Warehouse Fire (Seattle, WA - January 1995)

Incident shows how critical information can be missed during a complicated incident command operation, particularly when command officers are distracted by trying to perform too many functions without support staff.


Indianapolis Athletic Club Fire (Indianapolis, IN - February 1992)

Two Indianapolis firefighters and an elderly guest died in this fire which occurred while the building housed the jury hearing testimony in heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson's trial.


Structural Collapse at Dwelling Fire Results in Two Firefighter Fatalities (Stockton, CA - February 1997)

A technical review of a residential fire in Stockton, Calif., that claimed three lives, concludes that large, open areas and non-standard construction are indicators of potential collapse in a burning residence and the existence of these must be conveyed to interior fire crews whose vantage point may prevent them from being aware of the potential danger.


Three Firefighters Die in Pittsburgh House Fire (Pittsburgh, PA - February 1995)

This report stresses the importance of effective incident management, communications and personnel accountability systems.


Two Firefighter Deaths in Auto Parts Store Fire (Chesapeake, VA - March 1996)

This incident, in which two firefighters were killed when they became trapped by a rapidly spreading fire, illustrates the failure of lightweight construction systems when key support components are involved in a fire. It also points out the importance of pre-fire planning and accurate size up by fire companies to determine the risk factors associated with a fire in this type of construction.


Wood Truss Roof Collapse Claims Two Firefighters (Memphis, TN - December 1992)

Arson fire set to cover crime scene enters concealed space in ceiling, compromising truss roof and resulting in a collapse on two firefighters.


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