Leadership

Smoke Injury Toll Still High

Issue 10 and Volume 122.

Smoke Injury Toll Still High The International Association of Fire Chiefs reported that nine out of every 10 fire fighters injured in 841 recent fires were victims of smoke inhalation. The survey covering the second quarter of 1969 is based on a sampling of newspaper reports from all parts of the country. The study, which also draws attention to the fact that fire fighters suffered smoke inhalations in more than half of the fires recorded, is part of a continuing IAFC program to alert fire chiefs and municipal officials to the need for additional protective equipment and proper training in the use of that equipment. Analysis of the quarterly report showed that 542 firemen were hurt fighting 88 commercial fires, 697 residential fires, 25 industrial fires and 31 brush fires. Of these, 486 firemen were injured by smoke inhalation and more than 60 hospitalized. IAFC President Edward A. Beadle noted…

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