Brandon S Ricks

The pilot and one firefighter died of injuries sustained and one firefighter was seriously injured when their U.S. Forest Service helicopter crashed while monitoring a controlled burn of about 800 acres in the Desoto National Forest. Incident Location: Vicinity of Airey Tower and Martha Redmond roads, MS (U.S. National Grid: 16R CU 0251 9368

Department Information

United States Forest Service - National Forests in Mississippi
Suite 500-N, 200 S Lamar ST
U.S. National Grid: 15S YR 6496 7703
Jackson, Mississippi 39201

Chief: Forest Supervisor Gretta Boley

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 40 
Rank: Pilot 
Classification: Wildland Contract 
Incident Date: Mar 30, 2015 14:57
Date of Death: Mar 30, 2015 
Cause of Death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of Death: Asphyxiation 
Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus 
Emergency Duty: No
Duty Type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed Property Use: Outdoor Property