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
Christopher L. Foster Demopolis Fire Department Demopolis, Alabama Mar 23, 2017
Joseph Toscano Watertown Fire Department Watertown, Massachusetts Mar 17, 2017
Steven P. Buser Ames Fire Department Ames, Iowa Mar 17, 2017
Loretta A. Sykes Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department Sumrall, Mississippi Mar 15, 2017
Clinton A. Beasley Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department Sumrall, Mississippi Mar 15, 2017
Dennis DeVoe Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Mar 11, 2017
William “Iron Bill” Dowling Houston Fire Department Houston, Texas Mar 7, 2017
Michael Norton Coweta County Fire Rescue Newnan, Georgia Mar 2, 2017
Richard Kaplan Jericho Fire Department Jericho, New York Jan 23, 2017
Terrance “Terry” E. Shafer Spring Valley Fire Department Spring Valley, Wisconsin Feb 25, 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.