Firefighter fatalities in the United States


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
Tyron Weston Columbia Fire Department Columbia, South Carolina Jul 26, 2015
James A. Hicks North Carolina Air National Guard Fire and Emergency Services Charlotte, North Carolina Jul 27, 2015
John Whelan Denver Fire Department Denver, Colorado Jul 15, 2015
Michael P. Miller Green Bay Metro Fire Department Green Bay, Wisconsin Jun 20, 2015
Terry K. Sonner Boise District Bureau of Land Management Boise, Idaho Jun 10, 2015
Wille O. Sensenich North Huntingdon Township Circleville Volunteer Fire Department Station #8 North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania Jun 9, 2015
Thomas. D. Miserendino Beachwood Vol. Fire Company #1 Beachwood, New Jersey Jun 4, 2015
Ian Haxton Student Conservation Association - Veteran Fire Corps Arlington, Virginia Jun 6, 2015
James “Donnie” D. Keith Mount Zion Fire & Rescue Jasper, Alabama Jun 3, 2015
David Knapke Williamsburg Township Emergency Services Williamsburg, Ohio Jun 5, 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.