NIOSH Releases Report Covering the Death of a Houston Fire Captain

10/28/2002
Washington, D.C. - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released its report on the Oct. 13, 2001 death of Houston firefighter Jay Jahnke. The report makes several recommendations to fire departments to minimize the risk of similar occurrences.On October 13, 2001, a 40-year-old Captain (the victim) died and another Captain was injured while fighting a fifth floor high-rise apartment fire. At 0448 hours, units were dispatched to a fire alarm. Units arrived on the scene at 0453 hours and reported heavy fire showing from the exterior of the building. Crews made immediate entry and attack, but after running low on air the victim and the other Captain decided to...

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