Family, friends and television reporters are pressing for answers in one Dallas firefighter’s death. Stanley Wilson, a firefighter, father, scoutmaster and Lake Highlands High School alum died last spring while battling an apartment complex inferno near 635 and Abrams.
Multiple organizations are investigating the incident, including an independent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/ Fire Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program.
Reporters at CBS DFW earlier this week interviewed an anonymous former firefighter who says he believes someone within the department made a fatal mistake by sending crews back inside the burning northeast Dallas apartment complex.
We reported several months ago on investigations underway by a number of groups including the State Fire Marshal’s LODD Task Force, Dallas Fire-Rescue, the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) and the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Around that time, reporters at the Dallas Morning News in July were denied investigation information based on the grounds that the publicity could “interfere with the detection, investigation or prosecution of crime.” More.
I recently contacted Christy Spring With NIOSH and The Fire Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program, who let us know that they [in conjunction with the other entities mentioned in the afore-linked article] are investigating the case. She said it would be a few months, but that their findings will be available to the public here when the investigation is complete.
“The NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program (FFFIPP) conducts independent investigations of select fire fighter line-of-duty deaths. We do this to provide recommendations to prevent future deaths and injuries,” notes the organization’s literature.
“Our program’s goal is to learn from these tragic events and prevent future similar events. We do not investigate every fire fighter death. We have investigated approximately 40% of fire fighter deaths since the program’s start in 1998. We prioritize fatality investigations using a decision flow chart , which is available on the FFFIPP website.”
We will keep an eye out for said report.
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