Failed Communications in Wisconsin Firefighter Death

A state safety report states that two fire departments on the scene of a fire in a theatre in March were not communicating as well as they needed. Jamison Kampyere died fighting that fire, reports My Fox Wausau.

The report from Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services said crews at the scene had a communication breakdown, which caused problems for both the Colby and Abbotsford fire departments.

The report said the efforts by the two crews weren’t as coordinated as they should have been. For example, while Abbotsford fire fighters were spraying water on the roof outside, Colby fire fighters were trying to fight the fire from inside. The Colby fire chief said as his crew was heading out of the theater, the roof collapsed — killing Kampmeyer who was trapped inside.

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