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Accident: 14217590 - Fire Fighter Dies Of Heart Attack In Sleep

Accident: 14217590 -- Report ID: 0150900 -- Event Date: 06/25/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30029258806/26/20009224City Of Groton Eastern Point Fire Dept Company 2
On June 25, 2000, Employee #1, an accountability officer for a volunteer fire company, and coworkers responded to a structural fire as mutual aid to an electric boat fire department. One engine from the volunteer fire company arrived on the scene and was in stand-by mode. This engine had two volunteer fire fighters and one carrier fire fighter on board. After they had been in stand-by mode for approximately 10 minutes, the engine was released to return back to the station because it was a false alarm. The driver noticed when they arrived on the scene, that Employee #1 was asleep or resting. After they were released, the driver noticed that Employee #1 had not moved from his original position. He tried to wake Employee #1, but he was nonresponsive. The driver then called for assistance from emergency medical services, who were already there. They tried resuscitation efforts, but he was still nonresponsive. Employee #1 had died from a heart attack while in his sleep. He had not left the vehicle or engaged in any fire fighting activities.
Keywords: firefighter, heart, heart attack
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300292588 Fatality Other Firefighting occupations

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