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
Matthew Beck CAL FIRE Sacramento, California May 25, 2017
Brian Massey Kern County Fire Department Bakersfield, California May 20, 2017
Darrell L. Plank Macon County Fire Rescue Montezuma, Georgia May 23, 2017
Roger D. Johns Eagle Rock Volunteer Fire and Rescue – Botetourt County Fincastle, Virginia May 19, 2017
Scott Deem San Antonio Fire Department San Antonio, Texas May 18, 2017
John Chester Whitfield County Fire Department Dalton, Georgia May 18, 2017
James F. Dorminy Reedy Creek Emergency Services Lake Buena Vista, Florida May 18, 2017
James “Dewon” Wells Montgomery County Fire/EMS Mount Sterling, Kentucky May 6, 2017
William F. Gerace Gibbsboro Fire Company No.1 Inc. Gibbsboro, New Jersey Apr 28, 2017
Jerome Boyd Los Angeles Fire Department Los Angeles, California Apr 28, 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.