Death in the Line of Duty

The NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program continues to present its investigations of firefighter line-of-duty deaths to formulate recommendations for preventing future deaths and injuries.


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...


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CAUSE OF DEATH

According to the medical examiner’s report, the cause of death was massive head and chest trauma.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Fire departments should prohibit driving by firefighters under 18 years of age and revise existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for driving fire apparatus so that they reflect insurance guidelines

  • Fire departments should ensure that the radio in the apparatus driving compartment is within convenient reach of the driver

  • Fire departments should incorporate specifics on rollover prevention in SOPs and driver training

Additionally

  • States should consider developing a junior firefighter and emergency service program that addresses the tasks that minors are permitted to perform in the fire service