The Recruit told the instructors he was “freaking” because he was having difficulty finding the way out. The instructors reassured him he was ok and told him to relax and breathe as they helped him find the opening to the bottom level and exit. With the assistance of the instructors, the Recruit was in a sitting position with his legs in the opening to the first level, he lowered his SCBA in front of him and proceeded through the opening towards the maze exit. However, as he transitioned through the opening, he became unresponsive and slumped to the ground on the first level,” investigators wrote.
A Santa Cruz County firefighter recruit died last year during a training exercise. Despite resuscitative efforts by Firefighters at the Ben Lomond Training Center, Recruit Firefighter Daniel Lamothe, 38, died at a local hospital. He was in his 7th week of a 19-week academy engaged in firefighter safety and survival training when he collapsed.
HERE IS THE REPORT: