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Fire association urges stand-down due to confined space incidents

June 3, 2010

Two recent confined space rescue incidents prompted the International Association of Fire Chiefs to recommend fire chiefs and officers issue an immediate stand-down.

The incidents, which took place in Ohio and Indiana, killed civilians and critically injured firefighters who were attempting rescue, according to an IAFC press release. The Fairfax, VA-based organization recommended fire personnel postpone all non-emergency tasks and use the stand-down to focus on safety training, specifically on the dangers and proper procedures for confined space rescue operations.