Jeffery E Bayless

Captain Bayless and other firefighters were participating in “rules of air management” training. After an hour of classroom instruction, firefighters donned full structural protective clothing and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).

Captain Bayless carried a 50-foot section of rolled 2-1/2 inch hose and climbed the stairs of a training tower to the 5th floor. He descended the stairs and climbed back to the 5th floor of the tower. As he descended a second time, he paused and allowed other firefighters to pass him. Captain Bayless exited the tower, walked a short distance, and collapsed.

His collapse was witnessed by another firefighter and treatment began immediately. Captain Bayless was treated and transported to a nearby hospital. Despite the efforts of firefighters and hospital staff, Captain Bayless died as the result of a heart attack.

For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program report F2014-10 (

Incident Location: Anchorage Fire Department Training Center, 1150 Airport Heights Rd (U.S. National Grid: 06V UN 4819 8965)

Department Information

Anchorage Fire Department
100 E 4th Avenue
U.S. National Grid: 06V UN 4522 9053
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

Chief: Peter C. Bushue

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Jeffery E Bayless was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 51 
Rank: Senior Captain 
Classification: Career 
Incident Date: Mar 7, 2014 11:48
Date of Death: Mar 7, 2014 
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of Death: Heart Attack 
Activity Type: Not On Scene 
Emergency Duty: No
Duty Type: Training 
Fixed Property Use: