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From: "Peter_McCrae" <>
Subject: SMITH; Mathew. D.-5/2/2001-USA
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 23:24:32 +0100

Smith, Mathew D
Age: 33
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Rank: Firefighter
Nature of Death: Heart Attack
Classification: Career
Emergency Duty: No
Incident Date: 02/05/2001
Duty Type: Training
Incident Time: 10:50
Activity Type: Fitness Activity
Death Date: 02/05/2001
Fixed Prop. Use: Store/Office
Fire Dept. Info: Redwood City Fire Department
755 Marshall St.
Redwood City , California 94063
Chief: Edward R. Montez

Final Summary: Firefighter Smith and the members of his crew had begun the
daily on-duty routine. One of the components of this routine was an exercise
program. All three members of the crew began the workout in the fitness area
of the fire station. The company officer and the other firefighter
momentarily left the workout area. When the firefighter returned to the
workout area, Firefighter Smith was discovered on the floor in a fetal
position. The firefighter called for assistance to the company officer. An
ambulance and an additional engine company were summoned. The company
officer and the firefighter provided ALS medical care to Firefighter Smith,
including the application of a defibrillator. Firefighter Smith was found to
be in ventricular fibrillation. A total of 11 shocks were given in the
field. Lifesaving efforts continued at the emergency room for another 30
minutes but were unsuccessful in reviving Firefighter Smith. Firefighter
Smith was diagnosed with idiopathic cardiomyopathy (IDC), a heart disease.
For additional information on this incident, refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter
Fatality Investigation F2001-24. (fire department web site

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