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
Ronnie W. Peek Garden City Fire Department Garden City, Kansas Jan 22, 2015
Franck W. Tremaine Jackson Fire Department Jackson, California Jan 10, 2015
Christopher A. Tindall South Metropolitan Fire Protection District Raymore, Missouri Jan 8, 2015
James Woods Jersey City Fire Department Jersey City, New Jersey Dec 25, 2014
Joseph “Junior” Sanford Jr. Inwood Fire Department Inwood, New York Dec 23, 2014
Ricky W. Doub Forbush Volunteer Fire Department Yadkinville, North Carolina Dec 16, 2014
Gus Losleben Hardin County Fire Department Savannah, Tennessee Dec 9, 2014
Joyce Craig-Lewis Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dec 9, 2014
John Burns Myrtle Beach Fire Department Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Dec 3, 2014
Tom Rhamey Western Holmes County Fire and EMS – Lakeville Station Lakeville, Ohio Nov 28, 2014
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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.