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
Dwight Greer Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia, Mississippi May 6, 2015
Kevin McRae Washington DC Fire Department Washington, District of Columbia May 6, 2015
Timothy Gunther Poughkeepsie Fire Department Poughkeepsie, New York May 5, 2015
Ricky Thurman Swainsboro Fire Department Swainsboro, Georgia May 4, 2015
Timothy T. Peters Pine Grove Hose, Hook and Ladder Fire Co. No. 1 Pine Grove, Pennsylvania Apr 30, 2015
Christopher M. Blankenship Madison County Fire Department Jackson, Tennessee May 3, 2015
Larry W. Lawhorn Orchard Farm Fire Protection District St. Charles, Missouri May 3, 2015
Mike Corn Conway Springs Fire Department Conway Springs, Kansas Apr 27, 2015
Curtis E. Nordsick Wrightsville Steam Engine & Hose Company #1 Wrightsville, Pennsylvania Apr 19, 2015
Andrew “Andy” Zalme Dakota City Fire Department Dakota City, Nebraska Apr 16, 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.