The State of New York has issued 14 violations to two fire departments in regards to the death of a 19-year-old volunteer fire Lieutenant Jack Rose, which took place last year.
According to RecordOnline, the violations stem from findings that point to possible contributing factor in the 19-year-old’s demise.
On the night of the fire, Rose entered a structure using someone else’s SCBA, which he had neither been fitted for or trained to use. Later, he would become separated from the firefighters who joined him inside the structure.
“Why this happened is unclear,” the violations report says. “Additionally, due to the presence of thick smoke and high-temperature conditions, it is believed that Lt. Rose became disoriented as to his position relative to the exit door and thus began searching for an exit.”
Rose never told the other firefighters where he was going and they failed to keep track of him.
He was later found dead, with 2nd-degree burns on his nose and lower forehead likely from an object striking his mask. However, the secondary investigation determined that “Lt. Rose may have removed his mask in order to obtain these burns.”
Either way, Rose was not authorized, trained or fitted to the specific brand of SCBA used, which was reportedly quite different from his Scott-brand apparatus.
One local firefighter said that “firefighters, on occasion, will grab SCBA packs from another department’s fire trucks.”
Both departments are required to correct the violations, and failure to correct the violations could result in fines of up to $200 a day per violation. The specific timeline was not released.
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