Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE F2011-06, 2013 Mar; :1-9
On March 29, 2010, a 56-year-old male career Paramedic Training Instructor/Coordinator (PTI/C) was found dead his quarters in the fire departmentís (FD) training facility. He was serving in his regular assignment as a PTI/C, and was working alone before his collapse. He was last seen by a co-worker on March 26 providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training at a local church as part of the FDís community relations program. On March 29, a co-worker noticed the PTI/Cís vehicle in the facilityís parking lot and went to check on him. He was discovered in a state of rigor mortis in his quarters at approximately 1604 hours. Dispatch was alerted and CPR was started as emergency responders arrived on scene at 1607 hours. After assessing the PTI/C, emergency responders pronounced him dead at 1610 hours. The death certificate listed "cardiopulmonary arrest" as the immediate cause of death with "hyperlipidemia," "CVA," and "HTN" as underlying causes. No autopsy or toxicology testing was performed. It is unlikely that any of the following recommendations could have prevented the PTI/Cís death. Nonetheless, NIOSH investigators offer the following recommendations to address general safety and health issues. 1. Modify the policy for fire fighter exercise stress tests. 2. Provide an annual medical evaluation to all fire fighters. 3. Consider performing annual physical performance (physical ability) evaluations for all members. 4. Perform an autopsy on all on-duty fire fighter fatalities. 5. Phase in a mandatory wellness and fitness program for fire fighters.
Region-5; Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting; Cardiovascular-disease; Cardiovascular-system-disease; Cardiovascular-system-disorders; Heart; Medical-screening; Physical-stress; Physical-fitness
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health