Technical Rescue Incident Report: Confined Space Rescue on SS Gem State, November 19, 1990, Tacoma, Wa [open pdf - 227KB]
"At 10:47 a.m. on November 19, 1990, the Tacoma Fire Department received a call to assist in the rescue of a victim who was unconscious from unknown circumstances on board the S.S. Gem State. This ship was an ocean-going freighter undergoing repairs at the Port of Tacoma. The victim was a civilian employee who had been working in the lower decks of the ship. During the ensuing operations several firefighters were overcome by high levels of carbon monoxide, and were transported to the hospital. After an investigation by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, the Tacoma Fire Department was cited for four 'serious' violations. This report is an account of the initial response, search and rescue operations, the subsequent investigation, and the lessons learned by the Tacoma Fire Department."
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