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Report: Four Firefighters Burned in Residential Structure Fire – LaGrange, Georgia

July 11, 2022

FSRI Releases New Report Investigating Near-Miss Structure Fire Incident from Lagrange, Georgia

Funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the Four Firefighters Burned in Residential House Fire – Georgia research report has been released as part of the Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI)’s Study of Firefighter Line of Duty Injuries and Near Misses.  

This report details an incident where four career firefighters including two lieutenants from LaGrange, GA suffered burn injuries while fighting a residential structure fire. It provides a detailed account of the incident, what occurred, why it occurred, and what can be done differently in the future to result in a more favorable outcome. FSRI’s analysis applies research results and utilizes fire research tools, such as computer fire models and test data, to examine key fire phenomena and tactical outcomes.

Similar to other near-miss scenarios, the root cause of the incident cannot be attributed to a single factor. Through FSRI’s investigative study of this fire conducted with the involved department, six factors were identified that contributed to the ultimate outcome of this incident. These factors were identified as avoidable and led to four key recommendations including topics around size-up, back-up hose lines, and using known vs. unknown information to guide fireground decisions.

“After this event, we wanted to do everything in our power to ensure that we learned from what had happened. We wanted an outside agency to look into every aspect of the events that led to our firefighters getting injured. We needed to share this information with anyone and everyone that would listen so that this type of event would not happen to anyone else. We know that we work in a very dangerous profession and sadly people do get injured, but we hope this report will prevent that from happening. FSRI was truly amazing throughout the whole process. They were thorough but also compassionate. They did exactly what we needed and found the contributing factors. We have adjusted our protocols and procedures based on their findings. I feel we are a much safer department after their recommendations.” 

— John Brant, Fire Chief, LaGrange Fire Department. 

“We are grateful to Fire Chief John Brant and the LaGrange Fire Department for giving us the opportunity to conduct this study and their willingness to share information from this incident with the fire service. We hope that these recommendations will continue to improve the safety and effectiveness of firefighters.” 

— Daniel Madrzykowski, director of research, FSRI.  

Click here to download the report. 

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Abstract:

On September 3, 2018, two career fire lieutenants and two career firefighters suffered burn injuries as a result of a residential structure fire. The fire occurred in an approximately 752 ft2 single-story wood frame (Type V) structure built in 1900. The LaGrange Fire Department invited FSRI to study this incident as part of FSRI’s Near-Miss Project which is supported by a DHS/FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant. The goal of this project is to enhance the safety and situational awareness of the fire service by applying fire dynamics research results to near-miss or line of duty injury fire incidents. By identifying factors that contributed to the incident, perhaps future incidents may be prevented. FSRI’s analysis of this incident has applied research results and the Fire Dynamic Simulator computational fire model simulations to examine key fire phenomena and tactical outcomes. This report describes the incident, what occurred, why it occurred, and what can be done differently in the future to result in a more favorable outcome.


Research Project: Study of Firefighter Line of Duty Injuries and Near Misses
Report Title: Four Firefighters Burned in Residential Structure Fire – LaGrange, Georgia
Report Authors: Mark McKinnonDaniel Madrzykowski
Download the Report: https://dx.doi.org/10.54206/102376/GEKK4148
Release Date: July 6, 2022

Study of Firefighter Line of Duty Injuries and Near Misses