Investigation reveals serious questions about safety equipment and lack of action by the federal government.
Cause for alarm
- 15 firefighters have died at fires where rescuers weren't given a chance to find them quickly. MSNBC.com's Bill Dedman reports.
- View in-depth video interviews, a photo gallery and a timeline of events, and learn more about a firefighter's protective equipment.
Documents with this series
You can read these documents online (in PDF files) to learn more about firefighter safety and the warnings that were raised:
• "Performance guidelines" for CDC fire protection engineer Eric Schmidt, from Dawn Castillo on Feb. 14, 2000
• Eric Schmidt's letter to the CDC's NIOSH director, Linda Rosenstock, on Oct. 2, 2000, warning about PASS devices and other firefighter gear