Firefighter fatalities in the United States


Firefighter fatalities
reported in 2018

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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
Thomas A. Cannon Attleboro Fire Department Attleboro, Massachusetts May 14, 2018
William F. Brinza III Cowskin Rural Fire District Grove, Oklahoma May 12, 2018
Mark A. Graziano City of Hudson Department of Fire Department Hudson, New York May 9, 2018
Thelonious “Theo” Adams Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Las Vegas, Nevada May 1, 2018
Michael Godzak Rostraver Township Volunteer Fire Department Webster, Pennsylvania Apr 29, 2018
Jeffrey Holt Lawrence Fire Department Lawrence, Indiana Apr 30, 2018
Philip H. Neubich Spooner Fire District Department Spooner, Wisconsin Apr 25, 2018
Anthony Colacino Sierra Conservation Center - California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Jamestown, California Apr 21, 2018
Herbert “Butch” T. Wilcox Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department Rocky Mount, Virginia Apr 19, 2018
Adam Taylor Decatur County Fire Rescue Bainbridge, Georgia Mar 30, 2018
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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.