Firefighter fatalities in the United States

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Firefighter fatalities
reported in 2015

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The U. S. Fire Administration tracks and collects information on the causes of on-duty firefighter fatalities that occur in the United States. We conduct an annual analysis to identify specific problems so that we may direct efforts toward finding solutions that will reduce firefighter fatalities in the future. This information is also used to measure the effectiveness of programs directed toward firefighter health and safety.

Recently reported firefighter fatalities

Includes provisional information

Name Fire Department City, State Date of Death
Edward Roddy Somerset Volunteer Fire Department Somerset, Pennsylvania Feb 22, 2015
Dwight W. Bazile Houston Fire Department Houston, Texas Feb 21, 2015
Randy Hiti Rice Lake Fire Department Duluth, Minnesota Feb 18, 2015
Kenneth M. Stanton Sandy Springs Fire Department Pendleton, South Carolina Feb 15, 2015
Randy Parker Macon-Bibb County Fire Department Macon, Georgia Feb 11, 2015
Garry Rose McMechen Volunteer Fire Department McMechen, West Virginia Feb 6, 2015
Kenneth Lehr Medora Community Fire Protection District Medora, Illinois Feb 5, 2015
Charlie V. Wallace Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department Montgomery, New York Feb 3, 2015
Mike “Coop” Cooper Centerville Fire Department Centerville, Iowa Jan 31, 2015
Leslie “Les” W. Fryman Rosendale Volunteer Fire Department Rosendale, Wisconsin Jan 21, 2015
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More resources on firefighter fatalities

Firefighter Autopsy Protocol PDF 2.6 MB
This protocol helps with the analysis of causes related to firefighter deaths, which can aid in the development of improved firefighter health and safety equipment, procedures and standards. It also helps determine eligibility for death benefits under the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The Foundation provides peer counseling, training and technical assistance for families and coworkers of firefighters who were killed in the line of duty. It also creates publications and reference materials that can be used to build public awareness for the many contributions made by members of the fire service.

Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program
The Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program provides benefits to survivors of fallen firefighters, emergency medical services members and other first responders. The Program also provides disability benefits for public safety officers who are permanently disabled following an injury while in the line of duty.