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
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
Donald R. Ishman Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department Cyclone, Pennsylvania Jul 23, 2016
Edward A. Cosgrove, Jr. Green Township Fire Protection District Utica, Missouri Jul 24, 2016
Gabriel G. Lee Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Jul 23, 2016
Charles Waterbury Orford Fire Department Orford, New Hampshire Jul 24, 2016
John Scott Tioga County Bureau of Fire Owego, New York Jul 20, 2016
Joseph T. DeMarinis Clermont Fire Department Clermont, Florida Jul 14, 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.