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Incident Name:
Date: 3/29/1995
Personnel: Norman S Prime
Age: 67
Agency/Organization: South China Fire Department, South China, Maine
Position: firefighter, deputy chief

Summary: On March 29, Deputy Chief Norman Prime of the South China Fire Department died of a heart attack while fighting a brush fire. He was wearing structural PPE.

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  • 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 tinhelmet.com 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

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    Deputy Chief Norman Prime of the South China, ME, FD, died of a heart attack on March 29, 1995, while fighting a brush fire. He was wearing structural PPE.

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