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    Two Florida Firefighters Killed in Training Exercise

    Two Florida Firefighters Killed in Training Exercise

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    Two Osceola County, Florida firefighters were killed Tuesday morning during a training exercise in a reported ceiling collapse, but few details were available about the tragedy.

    The firefighters were identified as Lt. John Mickel, 32, who joined the department in 1993, and Firefighter Dallas Begg, 20, a new recruit who just started with the department on July 22, said emergency services PIO Twis Hoang.

    Hoang said the incident occurred at the former Florida Bible College, where the department has been doing a "typical fire exercise" for several weeks.

    She said the sheriff's department and state fire marshal's office are investigating the incident, and said no further information is available at this time.

    Hoang refuted statements by Director of Osceola County Emergency Services Tad Stone, who initially told local media that the pair became separated from the backup crew and were hit when the roof caved in.

    ``Both were badly burned, and they didn't make it,'' the Associated Press quoted Stone.

    Hoang said the nature of the incident could not be confirmed at this time and the investigation is underway.

    "This is a sad day for Osceola County, and a great loss for the community," Hoang said. "We're doing our best to console the family and friends."

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2001, 12 firefighters were killed during training exercises including three career firefighters and nine volunteers.

    Nine firefighters suffered fatal heart attacks, one fell from an aerial ladder, one suffered smoke inhalation during a live fire exercise, and one drowned during rescue dive training. These training deaths amounted to 12 percent of firefighter fatalities in 2001.

    Additional information will be posted as it becomes available


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    Firefighters killed in training exercise

    Firefighters killed in training exercise

    By April Hunt | Sentinel Staff Writer
    Posted July 30, 2002, 2:40 PM EDT


    KISSIMMEE -- Two Osceola County firefighters were killed during a training exercise Tuesday morning after a ceiling collapsed on them, said Tad Stone, the county's director of emergency services.

    The firefighters were among the lead crew going into a burning building at the former Florida Bible College at U.S. Highway 17-92 and Poinciana Boulevard. The firefighters have been identified as Lt. John Mickel, 32, and Dallas Begg, 20, who has been on the job since July 22.

    Somehow, the two were separated from the backup crew and were the only two injured when the roof caved in, Stone said.

    "Both were badly burned, and they didn't make it," said a tearful Stone.

    Stone and Fire Chief Don Adams were in budget meetings when news of the accident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. By 11 a.m., Stone made the announcement of their deaths to the board of county commissioners.

    "It's devastating. Of course our prayers go out to their families," commission Chairman Paul Owen said.

    Commissioners are reviewing rate hikes for the department, to expand staff, stations and equipment. One goal of the department in the last year has been an increase in training for paid and volunteer firefighters.

    Firefighters held another training exercise at the Bible College earlier this summer.

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    2 firefighters killed in training exercise

    2 firefighters killed in training exercise

    By Jennifer Ellis
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    INTERCESSION CITY, Fla. - Two firefighters were killed this morning during a training exercise in Osceola County.

    Seventeen Osceola County firefighters were training at an abandoned bible college off U.S. 17-92 west of Kissimmee, near the Osceola/Polk County line, when the roof of the building they were training in collapsed.

    One of the firefighters has been identified as Lt. John Mickel, 32. The other firefighter Dallas Beggs, 21, started July 22 with the Osceola Fire Department.

    The 10 a.m. accident occurred at the former Florida Bible College at the corner of Poinciana Boulevard and U.S. 17-92. The school is about 70 miles west of Melbourne.

    The two were separated from the backup crew and were the only two injured when the roof caved in upon them, Osceola County Director of Emergency Services Tad Stone said.

    The college had donated several homes for the fire department to burn for training purposes.

    Firefighters from Osceola County Fire-Rescue and Orlando Fire Department were participating in the standard training, Osceola Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Twis Hoang said.

    One of the injured firefighters was transported to Florida Hospital in Kissimmee and the other was taken to Osceola County Regional Medical Center, Hoang said. Both were pronounced dead at the hospitals.

    "Both were badly burned, and they didn't make it," Stone said.

    Investigators with the state Fire Marshal's office as well as Osceola County Fire-Rescue are at the college now.

    Fire Departments across the nation routinely use live-fire training exercises to train new as well as experienced firefighters.

    "We try to do live fires as much as we can. But really, nothing can prepare you for a flashover," Cecil Cornish, spokesman for Titusville Fire & Emergency Services said after hearing the news. "It's part of the job."

    Firefighters are dying in burning buildings more frequently now than 25 years ago, despite advances in protective equipment, according to a report by a national safety group.

    In 2001, three paid firefighters and nine volunteers were killed during training exercises, according to the National Fire Protection Association in Quincy, Mass. One fell from an aerial ladder, one died of smoke inhalation during a live fire exercise, one drowned during rescue dive training and nine suffered fatal heart attacks.

    In seven of the last 10 years, fewer than half of firefighters' deaths occurred while they were at fires, said Margie Coloian, NFPA spokeswoman. A quarter of the deaths happened as firefighters were traveling to or from fires or other emergencies.




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    Officials Investigating Training Fire Accident

    Officials investigating training fire accident

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    Posted July 31, 2002, 2:58 PM EDT


    KISSIMMEE -- Investigators were still working on a theory Wednesday about how two Osceola County firefighters were fatally burned in a training accident.

    Dallas Begg, 20, and Lt. John Mickel, 32, died Tuesday at separate hospitals after the exercise at the defunct Florida Bible College west of Kissimmee.

    Fellow firefighter trainees pulled Begg, on the job just eight days, and Mickel from a flaming back bedroom of the vacant concrete-block house, but desperate efforts to save them failed.

    Firefighters on the scene said they assume that whatever happened came so quickly that the 11-year veteran and the trainee didn't have time to run or call for help.

    A flashover, in which smoke and gases get so hot that the air burns in an instant, was thought to be a possibility.

    Officials gave few details, but an Osceola County firefighter said Mickel and Begg went in first during the morning exercise, after instructors set a fire in the corner of the back bedroom, using hay and wood pallets as fuel.

    Seventeen firefighters from Osceola and Orlando were taking part in the training, which began about 9 a.m.

    Their mission, as is typical in such exercises, was to find and rescue a mannequin simulating a trapped person.

    The smoke was so heavy in the three-bedroom house that firefighters could not see one another, but they communicated via radio, said the firefighter, who asked not to be identified because of the investigation.

    It's unclear, firefighters said, why Mickel and Begg failed to push red panic buttons on their radios or otherwise signal that they were in trouble.

    State Fire Marshal's Office investigator Juan Bailey declined to provide details of the accident until investigators piece together the chain of events that began when the training exercise got under way.

    Bailey said his agency would confer with other departments and speak with the Medical Examiner's Office before disclosing events that led to the deaths.

    There's always the possibility of deadly accidents when fighting fires, but the lessons learned through intensive training are supposed to keep them to a minimum.

    That's what makes the deaths of the two men even more shocking for those who put themselves into danger.

    "It's a difficult situation for the fire service," Orlando firefighter Steve Clelland said. "To train firefighters, you have to put them in a fire. No matter how safe you try to make it, there's potential for injury.

    "It's like police officers practicing for a shootout with live rounds

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    Fire Probe Focuses on 'Flashover'

    Fire probe focuses on 'flashover'

    By April Hunt and Susan Jacobson | Sentinel Staff Writers
    Posted August 1, 2002


    KISSIMMEE -- It's a firefighter's worst nightmare: a superheated blast of 1,200-degree air that incinerates anything -- and anyone -- it touches.

    Called a "flashover," it is triggered when a fire in an enclosed area reaches a temperature hot enough to melt steel. Everything in the room bursts into flames. Those who have seen it say it looks like spontaneous combustion.

    "In a flashover, there is no way to survive," said Rita Fahy of the National Fire Protection Association.

    Osceola fire Lt. John Mickel and rookie Dallas Begg may have unwittingly walked into a flashover Tuesday when they entered a cinderblock house at the former Florida Bible College -- its interior ablaze from bales of hay and stacks of wooden pallets deliberately set afire -- during a training exercise.

    Mickel, 32, and Begg, 20, never pressed their "panic buttons," an indication to some experts that they encountered the quick -- and lethal -- rush of intense thermal radiation that overwhelmed their protective gear and scorched their skin with a heat thousands of times more intense than a blistering sunburn.

    The state Fire Marshal's Office had been expected to release on Wednesday the results of its probe of what happened at the abandoned house that was torched for a search-and-rescue exercise.

    But the announcement was delayed because officials said they hadn't received the preliminary cause of death from the Medical Examiner's Office. Juan Bailey with the state Fire Marshal's Office said he planned to meet with the families of the dead men before going public "as a courtesy and respect" to the firefighters.

    "We are treating this incident with kid gloves, because we want to be sensitive to the families," Bailey said.

    Longtime firefighters, meanwhile, were convinced Begg and Mickel were killed by a flashover.

    How does it get so hot?

    Flashovers occur in rooms with lots of fuel. They happen because the room is enclosed, without ventilation.

    Whatever is burning emits gases, which heat up and create smoke near the ceiling. Once that smoke reaches about 1,200 degrees, it literally bursts into flame. That is when the flashover occurs. Everything in the room explodes into a ball of flame that consumes furniture, paint and anything else that's flammable. Humans can't withstand the intense heat.

    "If it is a flashover, you have zero time in that room," said Nelson Bryner, an engineer with the Building and Fire Research Laboratory, which studies fires with the National Institute of Standards and Safety.

    Bryner said he has seen flashover experiments where a piece of paper across the room from a fire will burst into flames, meaning the heat from the smoke alone is able to generate a temperature of 451 degrees Fahrenheit.

    "The radiation levels are so high, the energy coming through your fire suit can be lethal in a short period of time," Bryner said. "It's hundreds of times more intense than a bonfire that you couldn't get close to, because of that radiating heat."

    Even a firefighter's protective gear is useless. The only way to combat flashovers is to cool them down or ventilate the room. That's why firefighters routinely chop holes in the roof of a burning building, or break a window. The openings allow heat and combustible gases to escape, fire experts said.

    Between 1992 and 2001, 13 firefighters died in flashovers, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Begg and Mickel would be the first firefighters known to have been killed by a flashover in a training mishap if the flashover scenario is borne out by the investigation.

    Fifty-one firefighters died during training exercises between 1996 and last year, records show.

    Mickel and Begg discussed the search-and-rescue training before they entered the three-bedroom house, said Osceola fire Lt. Joe Long, who was at the training session. "John said, 'You're going to stay with me, search this room,' " Long said. "They had a game plan."

    Experts said it's not unusual to send a rookie such as Begg into a burning house, especially when he was accompanied by an experienced superior such as Mickel. Begg previously had entered a burning structure at the fire academy.

    Some officials said it's too dangerous to use abandoned buildings for training.

    Bruce Piringer, director of the Fire and Rescue Training Institute at the University of Missouri, said using abandoned houses for training is much more dangerous than using structures specifically built for that purpose. Instructors have more control in specially built structures where they can simulate conditions firefighters would encounter in a real fire, including flashover, he said.

    "Firefighting intrinsically is a dangerous business," Piringer said. "In training, you want to control as many of the variables as you can."

    But Orlando Assistant Fire Chief Kathy Miller said burning vacant structures offers valuable training. SixOrlando firefighters took part in Tuesday's training exercise with Osceola.

    "It's extremely important that we take the opportunity to train in structures that are similar to what we're responding to," Miller said.

    Gathered at the county's emergency-services office Wednesday, off-duty firefighters consoled each other and talked fondly of the two men, a newcomer and an 11-year veteran who worked his way up to lieutenant.

    Services for Mickel will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1603 N. Thacker Ave., Kissimmee. Begg's funeral is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday at Gaylord Palms Convention Center. Visitation for Begg is 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2441 Fortune Road, Kissimmee.

    April Hunt can be reached at ahunt@orlandosentinel.com or 407-931-5940. Susan Jacobson can be reached at 407-931-5946 or sjacobson@orlandosentinel.com.



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    920 N. John Young Blvd.
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    Two Florida Firefighters Killed in Training Exercise

    Two Florida Firefighters Killed in Training Exercise


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    A flashover is considered a possible cause in the Tuesday morning death sof an Osceola County, Florida lieutenant and rookie who started just a week ago during a training exercise, officials said.

    The investigation into the incident was continuing. Both men died from burns and smoke inhalation, according to preliminary autopsy reports. Hours after the incident, a county fire official said the men may have been caught under a possible ceiling collapse. Reports said neither man signaled that the pair was in trouble.

    The firefighters were identified as Lt. John Mickel, 32, who joined the department in 1993, and Firefighter Dallas Begg, 20, a new recruit who just started with the department on July 22, said emergency services PIO Twis Hoang.

    Hoang said the incident occurred at the former Florida Bible College, where the department has been doing a "typical fire exercise" for several weeks.

    She said the sheriff's department and state fire marshal's office are investigating the incident, and said no further information is available at this time.

    Hoang refuted statements by Director of Osceola County Emergency Services Tad Stone, who initially told local media that the pair became separated from the backup crew and were hit when the roof caved in.

    "Both were badly burned, and they didn't make it,'' the Associated Press quoted Stone.

    Hoang said the nature of the incident could not be confirmed at this time and the investigation is underway.

    "This is a sad day for Osceola County, and a great loss for the community," Hoang said. "We're doing our best to console the family and friends."

    Funeral for Fallen Lieutenant John Mickel


    The funeral service for Lt. John Mickel will be held this Saturday, August 3, 2002, at 11:30 a.m. at the Holy Redeemer Church, located at 1603 N. Thacker Avenue in Kissimmee.

    Visitation will be held at Osceola Memory Gardens Friday, August 2, 2002 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    The Osceola Mall has been designated as the staging area for apparatus and uniformed personnel. The Staging Area will be opening at 8:00 a.m.

    Funeral Service for Firefighter Dallas Begg

    The funeral service for Firefighter/EMT Dallas Begg will be held Monday, August 5, 2002, at 5:30 p.m. at Tupperware, located at 14901 South Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee.

    Visitation will be held Sunday, August 4, 2002 from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Halls, located at 2441 Fortune Road in Kissimmee.

    Staging information for apparatus and uniformed personnel is forthcoming

    Lieutenant Was Father at Top of His Profession

    According to an Osceola County Emergency Medical Services press release, Mickel has been with the county since 1993 and was promoted to Lieutenant in November 1997. He graduated Osceola High School in 1987 and continued his education at the Central Florida Fire Academy, where he received his Certificate of Compliance and State of Florida Firefighter License, the highest score on the Physical Agility test, and graduated in the top ten of his class.

    He also received a Helen Burke Memorial Scholarship, named for a 33-year-old Kissimmee woman who died in July 1988 from injuries she suffered while training to become a firefighter.

    Before his employment with the county, Mickel volunteered at the Campbell City Volunteer Fire Department at Station 21, as a Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT. He was also an active member of Elks Lodge #1873. In employee reviews, he was described as a "very motivated employee."

    Mickel strived to continue his education in an effort to help better serve residents and businesses of Osceola County, the press release said. He is survived by his wife Carlotta and two children, Dillon and Mallory.

    Begg Has Just Started Last Week


    Begg began employment with the County on July 22, 2002. He graduated from Gateway High School in 2000 and completed the Emergency Medical Technology course at Valencia Community College in December 2000.

    He continued his education at the Central Florida Fire Academy, where he completed his 450 hours of training on April 12, 2002.

    A former boss at All Systems Installations, Inc., Bob Fallin, described Begg as a "hard worker and very responsible," the press release said. Begg is survived by his wife Rachel.

    "This is a great loss to our community," Osceola County Fire Chief Don Adams said in a prepared statement. "They will be greatly missed."

    Training Death Facts

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2001, 12 firefighters were killed during training exercises including three career firefighters and nine volunteers.

    Nine firefighters suffered fatal heart attacks, one fell from an aerial ladder, one suffered smoke inhalation during a live fire exercise, and one drowned during rescue dive training. These training deaths amounted to 12 percent of firefighter fatalities in 2001.

    Hotel Information

    Special hotel rates are being offered to family, friends and firefighters coming into town for the funeral services of Lieutenant John Mickel and Firefighter/EMT Dallas Begg. The Osceola County Convention and Visitor's Bureau has coordinated with various hotels throughout the area to offer this service for out-of-town guests. Due to the numerous calls received, it's anticipated a great deal of firefighters from across the state and nation may attend the services.

    For accommodation information, please call 1-800-333-KISS. After hours information and a complete list of hotel rates can be viewed at www.osceola.org.


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    Trust Fund

    Trust Fund

    Osceola County has established a trust fund for the families of John Mickel and Dallas Biggs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Osceola County Professional Fire Fighters Local 3284 Mickel/Begg Memorial Fund at any First National Bank location.
    All donations can be made in person or by mail.

    Please send your donation to:

    Mickel/Begg Memorial Fund
    C/O First National Bank
    920 N. John Young Parkway
    Kissimmee, FL 34741-6602

    If you have questions regarding bank locations and/or hours of operation, please call the main branch at 407-847-3800.

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    FINAL SALUTE - LT.JOHN MICKEL

    A final salute to a firefighter


    KISSIMMEE -- Hundreds of friends, family members and fellow firefighters paid their respects Saturday to Lt. John Mickel, a man who died doing the job he loved more than almost anything in the world.

    Only one passion eclipsed firefighting: his family.

    Mickel, 32, died Tuesday along with fellow Osceola County firefighter Dallas Begg during a training exercise. Both were badly burned in a smoke-filled house where a fire had been lighted.

    On Saturday, Mickel's priest, colleagues, best friend and brother-in-law remembered how he grew from a fun-loving kid into a responsible, God-fearing family man.

    Those who knew him best were joined by hundreds of firefighters from as far away as Toronto. The firefighters had never met Mickel, but they hardly considered him a stranger. In a profession that's considered more of a brotherhood, it is common for firefighters from departments miles away to come pay their respects.

    The parking lot of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church was a silent sea of black and blue uniforms before the service began. Firefighters stood and saluted as eight white-gloved, uniformed pallbearers bore Mickel's flag-draped coffin into the church. The whirring of an overhead helicopter was the only sound that could be heard.

    Inside the church, the Rev. Kent Walker told the crowd Mickel had led "a life that touched many in profound ways through many years, and a life that is touching many now for the first time."

    Mickel's wife, Carlotta, who had been his high-school sweetheart, smiled sadly as Walker shared fond memories of her husband.

    Osceola County Fire Chief Don Adams called Mickel a humble man who would have been pleasantly surprised to see the crowd who had gathered to mourn his death and celebrate his life.

    "It wouldn't occur to him that he was so popular, that he would be missed so much," Adams said.

    Laughter broke the solemnity of the service when Jason Faulx remembered his best friend as "the kind of guy who could befriend a fence post if he stood there long enough."

    Mickel could find humor in just about everything, Faulx said, and "that is why this day is so difficult, because my buddy isn't here to lighten the sadness for us."

    Family members wore white ribbons -- symbols of resurrection -- and small photos of Mickel. Funeral programs were jammed with photos that showed a fun-loving guy in all phases of life: Playing at the beach as a kid. Dancing with his bride at his wedding. Rappelling in a firefighter's class. Taking his kids Dillon, 3, and Mallory, 1

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    Rookie FIREFIGHTER Mourned

    Rookie fireman mourned

    By Susan Jacobson | Sentinel Staff Writer
    Posted August 6, 2002


    KISSIMMEE -- About 2,700 friends, family and fellow firefighters bid farewell Monday to Osceola County rookie Dallas Begg, who died in a training accident last week along with fire Lt. John Mickel.

    David Iannelli, a volunteer with the world headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses in New York City, eulogized Begg as someone who made a good name for himself with people and with God.

    Two of the things he wanted most were to become a firefighter and win the hand of his sweetheart, Rachel, whom he married in March.

    "He was very focused and determined and goal-oriented," Iannelli said. "When he set his mind to something, it generally got done."

    Osceola fire Lt. Tracy Stubbs read a letter from Begg's widow, thanking firefighters and the community for their support and expressing a sad camaraderie with Carlotta Mickel, the lieutenant's widow.

    The letter also recalled Begg's sense of humor and imagined how pleased and surprised he would have been to see how many people came to say goodbye to him.

    "He would say, 'Yeah, I'm the man,' " Stubbs read as some people laughed and others sobbed quietly.

    So many people wanted to pay their respects that the 2,100-seat auditorium overflowed and about 600 people listened in another room via loudspeakers.

    Mickel's parents and widow attended the service at the former Tupperware auditorium. Mickel's funeral Saturday also drew a huge crowd.

    Begg, who would have turned 21 next month, started work July 22 and died eight days later. He and Mickel were the first firefighters to enter an abandoned building where a fire had been lighted to teach search-and-rescue techniques.

    Begg's instructor at Central Florida Fire Academy mourned his first student to die in the line of duty.

    "We lost a bright, shining star when we lost Dallas," Lawrence MacPhee said. "He had what it took to do the job: heart, desire and the love of being a firefighter."

    Flowers and pictures of Begg and his family surrounded his casket, which was draped with a spray of red carnations. On each side was a shadow box containing a shirt from his uniform, drumsticks -- he played in a band -- and other mementos.

    Harold Schaitberger, general president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, and Dominick Lanza, president of the Osceola County Professional Firefighters Local 3284, hugged Rachel Begg and presented her with the IAFF's gold medal of honor.

    After the service, pallbearers from Begg's training class hoisted the blue casket to their shoulders and slowly left the auditorium. On the way, they paused before Rachel Begg and Osceola fire Chief Don Adams, who escorted her.

    Orange County firefighter Eric DePoto trailed the procession holding Begg's yellow firefighter's hat, which was placed on the front seat of Engine 93 on the way to the cemetery.

    Bagpipes played, and firefighters from across Florida saluted as the casket was lifted into the back of the engine, which had a black wreath on the front and black swaths of cloth on the sides.

    Begg was buried at Osceola Memory Gardens.

    Susan Jacobson can be reached at sjacobson@orlandosentinel.com or 407-931-5946.
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    Computers To Recreate Training Fire After Deaths of Florida Firefighters

    Computers To Recreate Training Fire After Deaths of Florida Firefighters
    Mattress May Have Made Fire Too Hot, Experts Say

    Story by NEWSCHANNEL2000


    Investigators for a case in which two Osceola County firefighters were killed during a drill will use computers to learn how the fire became dangerously hot, they said.

    The fire will be recreated using live experiments and computer simulations by the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

    "The computer simulations basically are a way to show us a visualization of the fire to basically put yourself in the fire room to help other firefighters see where that fire was moving," institute spokesman Dan Madrzykowski said.

    The computer simulations are expected to show if the fuel used to start the fire was the problem.

    "We do understand the fuel loads may have been an issue," Madrzykowski said.

    In addition to the wooden pallets and hay commonly used to fuel training fires, Osceola County Fire Chief Don Adams told Commission Chairman Paul Owen that a foam rubber mattress was also used.

    The mattress represents a violation of the standards by the National Fire Protection Association as foam rubber emits large amounts of carbons and gases. Those amounts can lead to a flashover, the suspected causes of death for Mickel and Begg.

    Investigators said they will also focus on the only window in the fire room.

    The glass was reportedly knocked out while Mickel and Begg were inside, in an effort to cool the fire. However, investigators said it might have caused the fire to flash instead.

    The federal investigation into the fire is scheduled to begin next week.

    The state Fire Marshal's Office is doing its own review of the fire. A state spokeswoman said the report is being finalized this week and will be sent to the state attorney's office.

    The report will be made public as soon as prosecutors decide whether charges will be filed.



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    Begg, Dallas

    Age: 20
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 07/30/2002
    Incident Time: 10:00
    Death Date: 07/30/2002

    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Nature of Death: Burns
    Emergency Duty: No
    Duty Type: Training
    Activity Type:
    Fixed Prop. Use: Institutional

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Osceola County Fire-Rescue
    320 N Beaumont Ave
    Kissimmee, Florida 34741
    Chief: Don Adams

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Begg and Lt. Mickel were killed during a live-fire training exercise. Details of the incident are pending a full investigation. Memorial Fund: Mickel/Begg Memorial Fund C/O First National Bank 920 N. John Young Parkway Kissimmee, FL 34741-6602


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    Mickel, John

    Age: 32
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 07/30/2002
    Incident Time: 10:00
    Death Date: 07/30/2002

    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Nature of Death: Burns
    Emergency Duty: No
    Duty Type: Training
    Activity Type:
    Fixed Prop. Use: Institutional

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Osceola County Fire-Rescue
    320 N Beaumont Ave
    Kissimmee, Florida 34741
    Chief: Don Adams

    Initial Summary:
    Lt. Mickel and Firefighter Begg were killed during a live-fire training exercise. Details of the incident are pending a full investigation. Memorial Fund: Mickel/Begg Memorial Fund C/O First National Bank 920 N. John Young Parkway Kissimmee, FL 34741-6602


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    New Findings In Deadly Osceola County, Florida Fire Training Exercise

    New Findings In Deadly Osceola County, Florida Fire Training Exercise
    Flashover Reported In Fire Re-Creation

    Story by NEWSCHANNEL2000

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    Fallen Heroes

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    Lt. John Mickel


    Dallas Begg



    ORLANDO, Fla. -- There were two major developments Wednesday involving a fire training exercise that killed two firefighters in Osceola County.

    John Mickel and Dallas Begg were killed in July, while working on the training fire, and an investigation has been under way ever since.

    WESH NewsChannel 2 learned Wednesday that federal investigators in Maryland experienced a flashover in just 2

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