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
Allen C. Howard Adrian Charter Township Fire Department Adrian, Michigan Jul 18, 2017
Trenton M. Johnson Grayback Forestry, Inc. Merlin, Oregon Jul 19, 2017
Robert Spinner Lynden Fire Department Lynden, Washington Jul 14, 2017
John Kemper St. Louis Fire Department St. Louis, Missouri Jul 12, 2017
Frank Anaya CAL FIRE Sacramento, California Jul 11, 2017
William “Bill” Jaros Six Rivers National Forest - Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area Eureka, California Jul 8, 2017
Ronda S. Varnado Washington Parish Fire Protection District #2 Franklinton, Louisiana Jul 6, 2017
John C. Cammack Nara Visa Fire Department Nara Visa, New Mexico Jun 22, 2017
Jeffery M. Sanders Mayview Fire Protection District Mayview, Missouri Jun 19, 2017
Edward Switalski Comstock Township Department of Fire and Rescue Comstock, Michigan Jun 14, 2017
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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.