Firefighter fatalities in the United States

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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.

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Recently reported firefighter fatalities

Includes provisional information

Name Fire Department City, State Date of Death
Ronald W. Hinkle Loch Sheldrake Fire Department Loch Sheldrake, New York Oct 17, 2017
Garrett Paiz CAL FIRE Sacramento, California Oct 16, 2017
Steven R. Terry Hernando County Fire Rescue Brooksville, Florida Oct 16, 2017
Donald F. Manger Presho Volunteer Fire Department Presho, South Dakota Oct 14, 2017
Jason K. Hensley Triple Community Fire Department Inc. Morganton, North Carolina Oct 8, 2017
Eric J. Balliet Fort Wayne Fire Department Fort Wayne, Indiana Sep 27, 2017
Matthew M. Deicher Mosinee Fire Department Mosinee, Wisconsin Sep 23, 2017
Kenneth Greene, Sr. Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sep 14, 2017
Terry Smerdel San Francisco Fire Department San Francisco, California Sep 10, 2017
Gary Helming Los Padres National Forest - Santa Lucia District Goleta, California Aug 31, 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.