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Accident: 81621.015 - State Trooper Dies Of Heat Stroke During Physical Training T

Accident: 81621.015 -- Report ID: 0155010 -- Event Date: 09/17/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1103423.01509/24/2015Vermont State Police
At 3:00 p.m. on September 17, 2015, an employee was working as a state trooper f or a state police agency. He was at a firing range, participating in a physical training test for a position on the Vermont State Police tactical service unit ( VSP TSU). He was one of six candidates participating in an evaluation for one of two positions available on the VSP TSU. The evaluation was carried out in three stages. The candidates completed each stage separately. The stages were intervi ew, physical training course, and firing range. The trooper had completed the in terview portion of the process. He began the physical training course evaluation at 1:24 p.m. on September 17, 2015. The course consisted of 10 burpees, 50 push ups, and a 1.6-kilometer (1-mile) run. Next, he would put a gas mask on and pick up a ram. Then he would perform lunges with the ram for approximately 6.1 meter s (20 feet), run with the ram for approximately 37 meters (40 yards), drop the r am, take the gas mask off, and low crawl for approximately 9.1 meters (30 feet). Next, he would pick up a shield, run to 5 staggered cones, and take a knee and cover it with the shield at each cone for approximately 15.2 meters (50 feet). T hen he would run with shield for aproximately 91 meters (100 yards). Then he wou ld drop the shield, flip a tractor tire five times, drag the tractor tire for ap proximately 4.6 meters (15 feet), and run to five staggered cones and prone out at each for approximately 15.2 meters (50 feet). Next, he would drag an officer in body armor for approximately 15.2 meters (50 feet). Then he would climb a san d hill that was approximately 9.1 meters (30 feet) high, descend the hill, put t he gas mask back on, and disassemble and assemble a handgun. The trooper collap sed near the end of the approximately 2.4-kilometer (1.5-mile) course on the nex t to last portion of the course, while climbing the 9.1-meter (30-foot) sand hil l at 1:44 p.m. CPR was given and his clothing was removed. No other cooling was carried out. An AED was attached, but no shocks from it were indicated. CPR was carried out for 75 minutes until an ambulance arrived. The trooper was transport ed to the UVM medical Center. The employee was pronounced dead at 3:17 p.m. that same day. An autopsy cited the cause of death as exertional heat stroke. The or iginal description mentioned "high environmental temperature," but it didn't pro vide an actual number.
Keywords: cardiovasc system, cpr, emergency response, heat, heat stroke, slope
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1103423.015 28 M Fatality Law Enforcement: Police

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