Firefighter fatalities in the United States


Firefighter fatalities
reported in 2017

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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
Tracy O. Sanders Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department Ohatchee, Alabama Jan 13, 2017
Donald “Sarge” L. Brenner, Jr. Speedwell Engine and Hose Company Lebanon, Pennsylvania Jan 4, 2017
Amy Dimmery Marion Rural Fire Department Marion, South Carolina Jan 2, 2017
Donald “Reid” Key II Whispering Pines Fire Rescue Department Whispering Pines, North Carolina Dec 27, 2016
Fred A. Newton, Sr. Somerset Township Fire Department and EMS Somerset Center, Michigan Dec 27, 2016
Richard Rehm McCordsville Volunteer Fire Department McCordsville, Indiana Dec 24, 2016
Arthur “Art” Brault Cumberland Head Volunteer Fire Department Plattsburgh, New York Dec 20, 2016
Ray Rubio Redmond Smokejumpers - Redmond Air Center Deschutes National Forest Redmond, Oregon Dec 19, 2016
Ruben E. Mast Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department Dundee, Ohio Dec 19, 2016
Jeffery A. Worsham Whitesville Rural Volunteer Fire Department Moncks Corner, South Carolina Dec 10, 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.