After departing the scene of a residential structure fire, Captain Thomas lost control of the fire apparatus he was operating on Louisiana Highway 155 and crashed into a ditch. The vehicle overturned ejecting Thomas, who was not wearing seat restraints, and pinning him underneath. Firefighter Thomas was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Bienville Parish Coroner's Office. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by local and state authorities.
Incident Location: Louisiana Highway 155, Bienville, LA (U.S. National Grid: 15S WR 1122 7095)
Bienville Parish Fire Protection District 7
PO Box 309
USNG: 15S WR 1034 6688
Saline, Louisiana 71070
Chief: Interim Fire Chief Quincy Plunkett
Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.