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 information not part of automatic dispatch system
- Dilapidated condition of the structure
- Dispatch occurred during shift change resulting in fragmented crews
- Weather conditions including snow accumulation on roof and frozen water hydrants
- Not all fire fighters equipped with radios.