The Workers’ Report – Critical Injuries: Forward Avenue Fire, Ottawa Fire Services Incident # 07-8038, was released in response to critical injuries sustained by five Ottawa firefighters who responded to the Forward Avenue Fire on February 12, 2007. The noontime fire involved a four-story, multiunit row house with exposures on three sides under conditions of clear skies and temperatures of -24°C (-12°F). Within 10 minutes of their arrival, the crews had rescued one occupant. They then found themselves jumping for their lives from fourth-story windows. All five critically injured firefighters, fortunately, have returned to active duty and continue to work through their permanent physical and psychosocial injuries.
(1) Badly injured Ottawa firefighters are tended By coworkers and paramedics for transport to trauma hospital. Photograph by Jean Lalonde.