Reports Describe How Pennsylvania Firefighter Died, Oxygen Hose Burned

April 19, 2017

Investigators say a Philadelphia, Penn., firefighter died because a hose supplying her with oxygen had burned through and they found problems with how her colleagues responded to her seven emergency distress signals.

The fire department and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released reports Monday about the December 2014 death of Lt. Joyce Craig.

Craig was killed while battling a wind-whipped house fire.

The city’s report says indirect causes of her death include lack of situational awareness, inadequate communications, poor strategy and tactics and an uncoordinated rescue effort.

The federal study says a failure to quickly deploy an intervention team contributed to her death.

The fire department says it has made changes as a result.

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  • April 19, 2017 at 2:41 pm
    mrbob says:
    When killed she was only a firefighter, the promotion was posthumously granted.
  • April 19, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    mrbob says:
    Another well written article from IJ. Firefighters do not typically fight fires with oxygen bottles on their backs but rather with SCBA tanks which are clean compressed natura... read more
  • April 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm
    Sarcasm says:
    I do kind of wonder though, how a Lt. went in alone, without proper planning, and sent 7 distress signals without a response....all of it seems odd. Someone in that role shou... read more
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