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Today in fire history: three firefighters were killed and three others injured during a multi-department, live fire training exercise

Blog Post created by paulalevesque Employee on Oct 25, 2014

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On Sunday October 25, 1987, at approximately 8:45 a.m., three fire fighters were killed and three others injured during a multi-department, live fire training exercise involving a vacant, two-story, wood frame farmhouse in Milford, Michigan.

The following factors are considered as having significantly contributed to the fire fighter fatalities:

   •     The use of flammable and combustible liquids in a live fire training

            exercise;

  •     The presence of combustible wall paneling and ceiling tiles within the

            training building;

  •     Lack of adequate planning and of communication of the training exercise

            objectives to all individuals;

 •     Lack of adequate assessment of the hazards of the training exercise and the

            hazards presented by the structure in such an exercise;

  •     Lack of adequate training (fire) ground command structure to ensure safe

            and coordinated procedures.  

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