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FF INJURED IN WALL COLLAPSE AT BARN FIRE

     

Thursday, November 29, 2012

11/26/2012 Barn fire incident: 6822 W Kanagy Rd, Salem Twp, Champaign County, Ohio. 41 y/o FF Steve Rabenstein suffered serious shoulder injury when curtain wall collapsed. FF was not wearing PPE at time of incident. West Liberty Fire Dept. responded to this fire at approx. 1243 hrs, with mutual aid assist from Macochee EMS, Urbana FD, Tri-Valley Fire/EMS, and NE Champaign Fire/EMS. This property has had a history of barn fires, with at least four known incidents. EMS commander at scene (also a FF) witnessed at least one other wall collapse prior to the one that caused the injury, fire command took no actions and did not modify operations. Injured FF and most others were not in complete PPE while engaged in fire suppression operations. Civilians were not excluded from the fire scene. FF Rabenstein was assessed by EMS at scene, but opted to be transported to ER by private vehicle. FF Rabenstein, who has given more than 20 years of service as a volunteer FF and EMT, is recovering at home. (Photos of fire scene available if you want them)

 

- Command must post lookouts when structural collapse is a possibility, consider implementing wildland LCES system - Collapse zone guidelines must be followed for personnel and apparatus - All firefighters must wear complete PPE when conducting fire operations - Command must actually command, firefighter safety depends on it - Civilians must be kept clear of the fire scene, even the property owner - Firefighters should not be engaged in potentially dangerous operations when there is no life or property to be saved



 

 


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