Firefighter fatalities in the United States


Firefighter fatalities
reported in 2016

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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
Ian Howard USFS Plumas National Forest - Beckwourth Ranger District Quincy, California Aug 21, 2016
Alan Swartz Beartown Fire Department - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Baraga, Michigan Aug 27, 2016
James Shelifoe, Jr. Beartown Fire Department - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Baraga, Michigan Aug 27, 2016
Keith Lane Oceanside Fire Department Oceanside, New York Aug 27, 2016
Spencer J. Chauvin St. John the Baptist Parish Office of Fire Services LaPlace, Louisiana Aug 28, 2016
Todd L. Hartlein Matthews Volunteer Fire Department Matthews, Missouri Aug 24, 2016
Justin Beebe United States Forest Service – Lolo National Forest Missoula, Montana Aug 13, 2016
Paul Price, Sr. Audubon Fire Department Audubon, New Jersey Aug 11, 2016
Robert O. Reagan III CAL FIRE Sacramento, California Jul 26, 2016
Michael L. Schultz Hoyt Rural Fire District #3 Hoyt, Kansas Jul 27, 2016
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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.