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    Default Where are victims located within a structure?

    I took a class that said 80% of fire fatalities are located in the rear of the structure. Does anyone know where I can find this satatistical data?

    This is an effort to make recommendations to our administration to commit a company to the rear of a structure quicker.


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    Just a guess but the bedrooms account for a large number of victims, bedrooms are often located in the rear to be away from street noise.

    Not sure on where to find statistical info.

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    Close to doors and windows as well as under beds and closets and don't forget the old bath tub, people have been known to retreat there.

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    Doo600, you are close in what they stated the victims are found.
    Most able bodied adults fatalities are located between the source of the fire and their main entry/exit point of the structure. Whether that being the front door, a side door, patio door, or even through the garage. Just remeber the door you went through may not be the door they use, habits are tough to break, especially in a life or death situation. I believe if memory serves (sorry) that info is on the U.S. fire Administration web site.
    Children, whole different ballgame, they will try to hide from the fire- and that can be anywhere.
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    If I recall it is somewhere in here http://www.usfa.fema.gov/statistics/ A lot of good information.

    I took a class once and if I remember correctly the firefighter in Chicago with the most saves did it primarilly by opening the back door or just sweeping the bedroom windows with a tool. Very little interior searching in comparison to the saves he made by just looking quickly in the places of egress.
    Just some food for thought.

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    Don't forget closets if you might have children involved.

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    In all truth, a victim can be anywhere, I don't look at statistics too much..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by scvfd412
    In all truth, a victim can be anywhere, I don't look at statistics too much..........
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    Stats are Stats use them for your College papers. What about the 20% that could be anywhere, just when you think your search should start in the rear or the bedroom area you end up missing someone in a grarge, or a room over the garage. Do not let the stats dictate your search decisions, Cover it all. STAY SAFE.

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