Lawsuit Questions Alarm Device

1 decade 1 year 5 months ago Sunday, October 14 2007 Oct 14, 2007 Sunday, October 14, 2007 6:09:56 PM CDT October 14, 2007 in News
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Forty-year-old Steve Fierro died in February 2004 while helping firefighters from the community of Diamond put out a blaze at an area bar. A lawsuit filed in Newton County Circuit Court on behalf of his widow and two children alleges that Fierro's breathing apparatus was outfitted with a defective safety system. The electronic alarm device is supposed to sound a loud alarm whenever the firefighter who's wearing it becomes motionless for a period of time, usually 30 seconds. But the lawsuit alleges the device Fierro was wearing produced a muffled alarm, if any at all. The lawsuit contends that had the device worked properly, it would have helped the other firefighters locate Fierro.

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