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 M. Davis, Jr. Kenly Volunteer Fire Department Kenly, North Carolina May 7, 2016
Steven Lapierre Georgia Volunteer Fire Department Saint Albans, Vermont May 5, 2016
Theodore A. Stafford Sag Harbor Fire Department Sag Harbor, New York May 2, 2016
Richard Sheltra The Pineville-Morrow Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue, Inc. Pineville, North Carolina Apr 30, 2016
Rodney Eddins Memphis Fire Department Memphis, Tennessee Apr 17, 2016
John “Skillet” E. Ulmschneider Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Largo, Maryland Apr 15, 2016
Charles M. Tucker Lynn Fire and Rescue Lynn, Alabama Apr 2, 2016
Steven Whitfield II Houston Fire Department Houston, Texas Mar 31, 2016
Kenny Ray Jr. TimkenSteel Fire and Security Canton, Ohio Mar 20, 2016
Marco Davila Dallas Fire-Rescue Department Dallas, Texas Mar 23, 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.