NIOSH Probe of Georgia LODD Released

Oct. 29, 2008

Following its probe of a blaze that claimed the life of a Georgia firefighter, NIOSH has made several suggestions including the need for adequate staffing and scene size-up.

Felix M. Roberts, 41, a firefighter with Fulton County Fire Department, died May 28, 2007 in a house fire.

Investigators determined that while engaged in battling the flames inside the house, Roberts stood up and grabbed at his face piece.

It was determined that he died of soot and smoke inhalation.

In addition to staffing and size-up, the investigators suggested departments conduct training exercises so firefighters don't panic when there is an issue with their SCBA.

They also said it's important for firefighters to communicate interior conditions to command. A designated safety officer also must be present at incidents.

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