The report also included 14 recommendations moving forward that county firefighters should utilize to improve protocol for future fires. This includes working in pairs at all times when practical. According to the report, Kirchner and his partner got separated when searching for victims on the second floor of the house. Also, no personnel should enter a potentially life-threatening situation without a portable radio.
In addition, personnel should “be prepared for unexpected building construction and occupancy features that are not readily visible that can affect fire dynamics.” According to the report, “there was a lot of clutter on the second floor [of the home] requiring him to move and relocate items in the hallway to make a path forward during the search for the civilian victim.”
The report also recommended the personnel must fully don protective gear before entering a life-threatening environment.