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
Thomas G. Walker Otsego County Fire Department Gaylord, Michigan Nov 27, 2016
Darryl “Poor Boy” E. Vielle Blackfeet Forestry and Fire Management Browning, Montana Nov 30, 2016
Ardythe “Ardy” Hope Wilmington Fire Department Wilmington, Delaware Dec 1, 2016
Merle L. Nell Volunteer Fire Company of Vernon Vernon, New York Nov 26, 2016
Michael W. Curry Savannah Fire and Emergency Services Savannah, Georgia Nov 19, 2016
Ted R. Collett Red Bird Volunteer Fire and Rescue Beverly, Kentucky Nov 17, 2016
Michael Payne Brookston Prairie Township Fire Department Brookston, Indiana Nov 8, 2016
Alfred A. Stewart West Milford Volunteer Fire Company #6 West Milford, New Jersey Nov 6, 2016
Adam Long Defense Supply Center Columbus Fire and Emergency Services Columbus, Ohio Oct 31, 2016
John C. Brocker Town of Oneida Volunteer Fire Department Oneida, Wisconsin Oct 31, 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.