In my last blog post, I explained how a firefighter died battling a house fire in Connecticut in 2014. I talked about the steps that an incident commander should be looking at. In this article, I'll talk about recommendations.
This article is a real life and death story about radio communications at a house fire in Connecticut in 2014 that resulted in death of a career firefighter from running out of breathing air. Attached to this article are 2 links that you should look at. One is the NIOSH Report that details the events of this tragic day and the other is news station coverage of the event and the radio traffic involved. The NIOSH reports are written on all firefighter fatal incident and I have had my officers use them as a part of their daily drills to read and discuss the events, issues, equipment failures and recommendations to prevent a similar event from happening again. NEWS FLASH: history does repeat itself. When you read these reports and you see the same reasons over and over again it makes you wonder WHY?
Topics: Radio Communications, Communication Failures, NIOSH Report, mayday, RIT team, Incident Commander, Fire conditions, Communication problems in crisis situations, critical voice, emergency Communication system