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Incident Name:  shed and wildland fire
Date: incident date 11/20/99, 1400 hours; died 11/27/99
Personnel: Wayne C Yost
Age: 48
Agency/Organization: Cochranville Fire Company, Cochranville PA
Position: Assistant Chief

Summary: Assistant Chief Yost had responded to a shed and wildland fire. He complained of not feeling well at the scene and went home. Shortly after his arrival at home, an ambulance was called. Wayne Yost had suffered a heart attack. He was brought back at his home by members of a local response team. Wayne Yost died on November 27, 1999.

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Home station: Cochranville Fire Company, Cochranville PA

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

  • Excerpt from Protective Clothing for Wildland Fire Suppression ...

    Protective Clothing for Wildland Fire Suppression

    The article that this was transcribed from is no longer online -- was at under archives_files/mauney_wildland.pdf

    The following portion was apparently a MTDC review of deaths of firefighters (1985-1999) wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) not designed for wildland fire conditions.

    The following has info on firefighters that died... Ch 8 (pp 26-27) heart attack and heat stroke fatalities.

    "The following individual firefighter fatality information was obtained from NFPA, NIOSH, and OSHA investigation reports as well as personal interviews with department personnel."

    6.1 East Coast Fatalities


    On November 20, 1999, Wayne Yost of the Cochranville, PA, Fire Company, suffered a heart attack while wearing structural PPE at a wildland fire. Seven days later he died from that injury.

  • MTDC: 1993 - Components of Wildland Fire Personal Protective Equiipment (PPE)
  • Wayne Yost's name, death date and brief bio are included in the USFA Firefighter Fatality Retrospective Study, published April 2002 (2,888 K pdf)
  • USFA Memorial Database: Wayne C Yost

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  •  Cochranville Fire Company Memorial Page: Wayne Yost


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