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
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
Lawrence Matthews Dolton Village Fire Department Dolton, Illinois Jun 10, 2017
Eddie Harris North Courtland Volunteer Fire Department North Courtland, Alabama Apr 21, 2017
Kelly Wong Los Angeles Fire Department Los Angeles, California Jun 5, 2017
David Jatczsk Lake Station Volunteer Fire Department Lake Station, Indiana Jun 1, 2017
Jesse W. Ketchum City of Memphis Volunteer Fire Department Memphis, Missouri May 29, 2017
Matthew Beck CAL FIRE Sacramento, California May 24, 2017
Brian Massey Kern County Fire Department Bakersfield, California May 20, 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.