A team of four federal investigators will be looking for answers in the Back Bay blaze late last month that killed two Boston firefighters.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, also called NIOSH, which has investigated two other fatal firefighting incidents in Boston in recent years, announced Friday that it would look into the deaths of Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr., 43, and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, 33.
“The NIOSH program is intended to identify factors that contributed to firefighter deaths in an incident, as well as to provide findings and recommendations in public reports to prevent future tragedies,’’ officials at the program said in an e-mailed statement.
The agency, which conducts research and makes recommendations to prevent worker injuries, does not examine issues related to legal or regulatory requirements for fire departments, the officials added.
Acting Fire Commissioner John Hasson invited the team, which usually includes fire chiefs from across the country, to investigate, said Steve MacDonald, spokesman for the Boston Fire Department.
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