Smoke Inhalation Deaths Decline
Fire fighter deaths from smoke inhalation continued to decline in 1965, according to a third-quarter report released by the International Association of Fire Chiefs. In addition. Chief Adrian J. Meyers, president of IAFC, said fire fighter injuries from smoke inhalation appear to be decreasing. The report is based on a partial survey of newspaper reports of fires throughout the nation.
These showed that four firemen died and 1566 were injured because of smoke inhalation in 1501 fires covered during the first nine months of 1965. These figures compare with nine deaths and 1381 injuries in only 563 fires during the identical period in 1964. Also only 65 firemen required hospitalization because of smoke inhalation, compared with 228 during the first three quarters of 1964.
IAFC sponsors the study to direct attention of municipal officers and others to dangers of smoke inhalation and the need for the use of personal protective equipment, particularly respiratory protection.