Lessons Learned:Deadly Disorientation at Texas Plant Fire

Eight contributing factors present before the fire actually started.


Earlier I wrote two articles about the Texas State Fire Marshal’s reports on the egg plant fire that killed Wharton Captain Thomas Araguz III in 2010. NIOSH has released their investigative report identifying eight contributing factors. They are:

– lack of scene management and risk analysis
– inadequate water supply
– apparatus specifications and equipment
– ineffective tactics
– ineffective communications
– inefficient training concerns
– rapid intervention team (RIT) not established
– structure built with little or no protection against fire growth.

As stated in “Texas 2010 LODD State Investigation Synopsis” and “Texas 2010 LODD State Investigation Lessons Never Learned” perhaps one of the biggest contributions occurred well before the fire started.

Recommendation #9: Fire departments should conduct pre-incident planning inspections of buildings to facilitate development of safe fireground strategies and tactics.

Learn your areas. Look inside the structures you have questions about. Come up with proper plans BEFORE the box alarm is dispatched.

Click the NIOSH image below for the full report.

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