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Inspection: 314279589 - U.S. Dept Of Interior, Bureau Of Land Management

Inspection Information - Office: Fort Worth

Nr: 314279589Report ID: 0636900Open Date: 07/08/2011

U.S. Dept Of Interior, Bureau Of Land Management
Cr 337 & Devil'S Hollow Rd
Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Union Status: Union
SIC: 0851/Forestry Services
NAICS: 115310/Support Activities for Forestry
Mailing: 2370 S. 2300 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84119

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/09/2011
Close Case:08/17/2011

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200714178Event: 07/07/2011Wildland Firefighter Dies Of Heat Exhaustion
On July 7, 2011, Employee #1, a firefighter with the Bonneville Interagency Hots hot Crew (part of the Bureau of Land Management's fire suppression organization) , was battling a wildland fire approximately five miles northwest of Mineral Wel ls, Texas. The crew had been at this fire site since July 5, 2011 and had been w orking approximately 12 hours each day. At the time of the incident, the outdoor temperature was approximately 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Employee #1 was "cold tra iling", which consists of walking along checking for areas of fire that could be extinguished using hand tools or water carried in portable water bladders. At a pproximately 3:55 p.m., Employee #1 suddenly collapsed. The on-site EMTs were no tified immediately and began CPR. A medical emergency evacuation helicopter with flight nurses aboard and an ambulance were dispatched to the site. Both were at the site before Employee #1 was carried down the mountain to the transport loca tion. The nurses were ferried by truck to meet Employee #1 so that treatment cou ld begin as quickly as possible. They reached Employee #1 and began treatment wi thin about 35 minutes of his initial collapse. Employee #1 was transported to th e local hospital by ambulance, but died within about 3 hours. Initial reports in dicated that Employee #1's core temperature was approximately 108 degrees. He ma y have died from heat exhaustion.
Keywords: firefighter, heat, unconsciousness, cpr, fire, heat exhaustion
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 314279589 Fatality Heat Exhaustion Occupation not reported

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