IAFC Reports Smoke Fatalities Down
A survey just completed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs shows the number of victims of smoke inhalation and injuries decreased slightly in 1963, contrary to the trend in recent years. Smoke inhalation as the cause of injury among firemen declined from 81 per cent in 1962 to 78 per cent last year.
In 1963, 11 of 30 fire fighters reported dead in 890 fires studied were victims of smoke inhalation. This compares with 13 of 22 fatalities resulting from smoke inhalation in 625 fires during 1962.
The IAFC survey alerts fire chiefs and municipal officials to the continuing need for personal protection equipment for fire fighters, particularly respiratory protection, and proper training in use of that equipment.