Three more burnover and injury reports

Yes, we must really be in full-blown fire season, because in addition to the report about the dozer/plow burnover in Florida, we have received three other reports of a burnover and injuries.

In South Dakota on July 28, a Type 1 structural engine caught fire while working a fire in 6-inch wheat stubble. Click HERE to download the Word 2007 file. The correct lat/long on the report should be 44 53 08 x -98 08 21 in d/m/s.

In California during a fire on the Fort Hunter Liggett Army base, ten firefighters, including the incident commander, left the fireline complaining of nausea, vomiting, headache and extreme fatigue. A Mass Casualty Incident was declared and the victims were all transported to a hospital. They were all were treated and released, and the likely culprit was an expended canister of CS gas where they had been working. Click HERE to download the Word file, a facilitated learning analysis.

Again in California, in the BLM Inyo Kern district, a first-year firefighter suffered burns to his feet through his boots while standing in hot ash bucking a log with a chain saw. Thinking it was blisters, he continued working, and at the end of the shift walked 2 1/2 to 3 miles back to their vehicles. Later that night he told his supervisor about the pain in his feet and a few people on the crew, including some EMTs, diagnosed it as blisters. He was sent home the next day since he was no longer fit to work. That second day a medical facility determined that he had suffered burns on his feet and he was sent to a burn center. Click HERE to download the very large, 5.4 mb Word 2007 file.

Thanks Jim and others

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.