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Document ID (ISN)75682
CIS number 00-1427
Year 1999
Convention or series no. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No.99-146
Title Preventing injuries and deaths of fire fighters due to structural collapse
Bibliographic information Publications Dissemination, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226, USA, 1999. 11p. Illus. 7 ref.
Abstract This booklet describes the steps that fire departments need to take in order to minimize the risk of injury and death to fire fighters when fighting fires involving large building structures. It includes current U.S. regulations with respect to respirators, the positioning of properly trained fire fighters outside the immediately dangerous zone, the constant accounting for the interior team by the commander, and the readiness to provide rapid rescue for the interior team. Several cases of fire fighter fatalities caused by structural collapse are described, along with the lessons to be drawn from these occurrences.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; fire services; escape and rescue; collapse; escape organization
Descriptors (secondary) USA; legal aspects; safety guides; responsibilities; case study
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Fire and explosions
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
First aid and emergency organization