Federal agency faults Texas department's tactics in fire that killed one of its own

  • Source: San Antonio Express News
  • Published: 10/12/2018 12:00 AM

A San Antonio firefighter died while battling a blaze in the Spartan Gym last year after the Fire Department failed to safely search the building, keep track of fellow rescuers and adequately ventilate the smoke-filled structure, a federal report released Thursday states. The review by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, an agency that seeks to improve workplace safety, concluded that some of the San Antonio Fire Department’s tactics actually made conditions worse inside the gym where firefighter Scott Deem, 31, died after he became lost. Two other firefighters were injured, one severely. The agency made 19 recommendations about the department’s procedures and practices to attack fires and prevent another on-duty death.


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