A fire cadet and a fire lieutenant where injured during two separate live fire exercises in Baltimore earlier this month. The recruit, Daniel Nott, sustained a first-degree burn on his cheek while Lieutenant Sam Darby sustained a burn injury on his hand.
A fire department spokesman said that mistakes during the back-to-back training exercises are being investigated, while fire officials say that federal regulations related to controlled burns were not followed.
On February 9, fire cadet Racheal M. Wilson died in a fire that had been set on South Calverton Road. Academy head Kenneth Hyde Sr. and Lt. Joseph Crest, a lead instructor to the cadets, were suspended without pay. Following the two injury incidents, Lieutenant Barry Broyes, a third officer, was also suspended without pay. Broyes’ responsibilities include supervising the rapid intervention team that is responsible for rescuing recruits in the event that a fire does get under control.
Burn injuries can be caused by fire, electricity, heat, hot water, radiation, gases, or chemicals. They can also result from motor vehicle-related accidents, such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, and truck accidents. Burn injuries are among the most painful of non-fatal injuries.
Burn injuries can be categorized by the degree of the burns—first-degree, second-degree, third degree—and what caused the burn. Muscles, bones, blood vessels, nerves, skin, and the respiratory system can also be damaged by burns.
If a burn injury results because someone else was liable or negligent, a burn victim may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
At Lebowitz and Mzhen, our personal injury lawyers are experienced at dealing with cases involving burn injuries. If we decide to represent you, we will do everything we can to ensure that your medical bills and recovery costs are also covered for you. We represent clients throughout Maryland and the Washington D.C. area. Contact Lebowitz and Mzhen today.
Two Hurt In Earlier City Fire Exercise, FireFighting News, February 16, 2007
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