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
James J. Butler, Jr. Derby Fire Department - Paugassett Hook & Ladder Company #4 Derby, Connecticut Feb 7, 2016
James R. Varnell Bakertown Volunteer Fire Department Elm City, North Carolina Feb 2, 2016
Ronald J. Adams East Pulaski County Fire Department North Little Rock, Arkansas Jan 22, 2016
Scott D. Bruggeman Middletown Division of Fire Middletown, Ohio Jan 18, 2016
Richard J. Cano Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department Houston, Texas Nov 29, 2015
Clarence “Speed” Hartbank Fremont County Fire District Riverton, Wyoming Jan 13, 2016
Joshua Woods Siler City Fire Department Siler City, North Carolina Jan 12, 2016
Kenneth K. Harris Village of Oak Park Fire Department Oak Park, Illinois Jan 11, 2016
Charles C. Adams, Jr. Spring Arbor Township Fire Department Spring Arbor, Michigan Jan 2, 2016
Patrick R. Wolterman Hamilton Fire Department Hamilton, Ohio Dec 28, 2015
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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.