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1956 - East Cliff, Bournemouth

10/03/1956

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Description

Date of event

10th March 1956.

Time of event

Unknown at this time.

Name of premises

Bournemouth East Cliff.

Location

Near Russell Cotes Museum, Dorset.

Service area

Bournemouth County Borough Fire Brigade now Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (D&WFRS).

Nature of incident

Fire open.

Property type

Open air.

Premises use

Coastal cliff face.

Construction type and materials

Unknown at this time.

Occupancy

Unknown at this time.

Fire source and location of fire

Unknown at this time.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

A Station Officer (StnO) died due to burns sustained following a cliff fall into a gorse fire (House & Settle, 2016).

A Fire magazine article (Unknown Author, 1956) offers 2 possible suggestions as to how the StnO died. The StnO had been directing his crews from the top of the cliff at the 2-acre gorse fire site when he had gone on a tour of inspection of the site. The article suggests the StnO either became overcome by the dense smoke and fell into the fire or slipped and fell into the fire. The StnO was found badly burnt approximately half way down the 100 ft cliff some time later by his crews, where the fire was most severe (Unknown Author, 1956).

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Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

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Fire & Rescue Service summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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FBU summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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Other report summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons &recommendations

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IFE Commentary & lessons if applicable

None produced at this time.

Known available source documents

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FRS Incident Report/s

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FBU Incident Report/s

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Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Incident Report/s and/or improvement notices

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Dorset Police Incident Report/s

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South Western Ambulance Service Incident Report

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Building Research Establishment (BRE) Reports/investigations/research

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Coroner’s report/s and/or Rule 43 and/or Regulation 28 Notices etc

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Dear Chief Officer Letters (DCOL), FRS Circulars, FRS Notices and/or Bulletins etc and/or Related Government Correspondence

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Notifications from National Operational Learning User Group (NOLUG) and/or Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP)

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

Other information sources

House, A. & Settle, P. et al. (2016). The firefighter memorial trust book of remembrance. [online]. Available at; http://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/FirefighterMemorialTrust/Content/Filler [Accessed 20th September 2017]. The Firefighters Memorial Trust.

Note. with the above source reference, it is not currently possible to link directly to the relevant page of the memorial book.

Unknown Author. (1956). Officers death is a mystery. Fire. (April). Page 533

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Service-learning material

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Videos available

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