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NIOSH: Poor Communications, Lack of Radios in Chicago (IL) Firefighter LODDs

A recently released report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) sheds some light on factors that contributed to the deaths of two Chicago (IL) firefighters during a rubbish fire at an abandoned commercial structure last December. A view of the collapse scene is shown in the picture at left Edward Stringer, 47, and Corey Ankum, 34, were killed during a December 22 fire at a dilapidated, unsecured building that used to contain a commercial laundry. Nineteen other firefighters were injured. Among the contributing factors cited in the NIOSH report where Lack of a vacant / hazardous building marking program within the city Vacant / hazardous building informa...

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