2 fire technicians killed at US research base in Antarctica

The fire technicians were performing routine maintenance on a fire suppression system before they were found unconscious


By FireRescue1 Staff

ANTARCTICA — Two fire technicians stationed in Antarctica were killed while performing routine maintenance.

The New York Times reported that the fire technicians, who were based out of the McMurdo Station, were performing routine maintenance on a fire-suppression system at a generator building about 60 miles from the station when the incident occurred, according to the National Science Foundation.

McMurdo Station is the American research base in Antarctica. (Photo/US Arctic Program)
McMurdo Station is the American research base in Antarctica. (Photo/US Arctic Program)

A helicopter pilot waiting to take the technicians back to the station became concerned when they did not return on time and hiked to the building, where he found them unconscious.

One of the fire technicians was dead at the scene, and the other was airlifted to a medical clinic, where he was later pronounced dead.

The incident is currently under investigation.

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