Death in the Line of Duty

Firehouse® Magazine continues to offer valuable information in this series of the NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program.


Editor’s note: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program conducts investigations of firefighter line-of-duty deaths to formulate recommendations for preventing future deaths and injuries. The program does not seek to...


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  • Fire departments should require, and all officers should enforce the requirement, that all firefighters wear SCBA whenever there is a chance they might be exposed to a toxic or oxygen-deficient atmosphere, including during the initial assessment.
  • Fire departments should ensure firefighters are trained to recognize the danger of operating above a fire.
  • Fire departments should ensure that team continuity is maintained with two or more firefighters per team.

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