Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig’s “personal alert” device was at least 12 -- maybe even 17 -- years old.
Her breathing device included a “breathing hose” that also was 12 years old. Both pieces of equipment, vital to a firefighter inside a structure fire, failed Craig in the moments before fellow firefighters pulled her from an early morning blaze in December 2014. She died a short time later at a nearby hospital.
One day after a national safety agency identified those equipment deficiencies and several other issues that need to be addressed, Philadelphia fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said Tuesday that his department has upgraded its equipment and is asking for more funding to increase training and on-scene communication.