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
John Scott Tioga County Bureau of Fire Owego, New York Jul 20, 2016
Joseph T. DeMarinis Clermont Fire Department Clermont, Florida Jul 14, 2016
Mitch Koski Montreal Fire Department Montreal, Wisconsin Jul 11, 2016
Eric Kohlbauer Freeport Rural Fire Protection District Freeport, Illinois Jul 12, 2016
Lancy A. Crawford, Sr. Plainview Volunteer Fire Department Plainview, Arkansas Jul 7, 2016
Tim McClanahan Lewes Volunteer Fire Department Lewes, Delaware Jul 11, 2016
Richard N. Zadorozny Eatontown Engine, Truck and Hose Co. #1 Eatontown, New Jersey Jul 11, 2016
Will Hawkins Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Office Reno, Nevada Jul 10, 2016
Jacob O’Malley Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Office Reno, Nevada Jul 10, 2016
Andrew Russell Harrison Township Fire Department Harrison Township, Michigan Jul 2, 2016
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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.