NIOSH South Dakota LODD report urges zero-tolerance alcohol policy, proper PPE use

  • Source: FireRescue1
  • Published: 12/04/2017 12:00 AM

Blood alcohol level, crew integrity and fireground communications were among the host of factors that contributed to the April 2015 death of a volunteer firefighter in a residential fire. NIOSH released its findings last month, which included 9 key recommendations, including establishing a zero-tolerance alcohol policy and ensuring proper use of PPE. The firefighter died in a floor collapse while he was working above a residential basement fire, according to the report. The local volunteer fire department, a neighboring mutual aid volunteer fire department, county emergency management and a medic unit responded to the fire, with reports of the homeowner inside.


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