Firefighter fatalities in the United States


Firefighter fatalities
reported in 2014

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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
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
Arthur “Art” E. Treon Cape May County Office of Emergency Management Cape May Court House, New Jersey Nov 19, 2014
Samir “Sam” P. Ashmar Upper Macungie Township Station 56, Inc. Allenton, Pennsylvania Nov 20, 2014
James Foote Summit Fire Department Summit, New York Nov 18, 2014
Alejandro Castro Brownsville Fire Department Brownsville, Texas Nov 16, 2014
Richard Weisse, Sr. St. James Fire District St. James, New York Nov 15, 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.