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
Shane Clifton Saint Paul Fire Department Saint Paul, Minnesota Aug 31, 2015
Chris Phillips Locke Township Fire Department Salisbury, North Carolina Aug 27, 2015
Lawrence G. Sesso Sayville Fire Department Sayville, New York Aug 22, 2015
Tom Zbyszewski Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Wenatchee, Washington Aug 19, 2015
Andrew Zajac Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Wenatchee, Washington Aug 19, 2015
Richard Wheeler Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Wenatchee, Washington Aug 19, 2015
Christopher J. Daniels Pine Level Volunteer Fire Department Pine Level, North Carolina Aug 17, 2015
James “JD” D. Robinson Brasstown Fire Department West Brasstown, North Carolina Aug 14, 2015
Michael “Mike” Hallenbeck U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit South Lake Tahoe, California Aug 8, 2015
David “Dave” Ruhl Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest Alturas, California Jul 30, 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.