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
Yaphet Miller North Las Vegas Fire Department North Las Vegas, Nevada Oct 5, 2016
Michael J. Fahy Fire Department City of New York Brooklyn, New York Sep 27, 2016
Sean McMullin West County EMS & Fire Protection District Manchester, Missouri Sep 24, 2016
Jerry W. Fickes Wilmington Fire Department Wilmington, Delaware Sep 24, 2016
Christopher M. Leach Wilmington Fire Department Wilmington, Delaware Sep 24, 2016
Charles E. Horan North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department North Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania Sep 21, 2016
Ryan Osler Ventura County Fire Department Camarillo, California Sep 21, 2016
Daniel P. McCann, III Manasquan Hook & Ladder Company 1 Manasquan, New Jersey Sep 16, 2016
Eric C. Gustafson Meridian Fire Department Meridian, Mississippi Sep 9, 2016
Lowell Satterwhite Dakota City Fire Department Dakota City, Nebraska Sep 11, 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.