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
Joshua Eugin Saint David Fire District Saint David, Arizona Oct 17, 2018
Brad Clark Hanover County Fire and EMS – Station 6 Hanover, Virginia Oct 11, 2018
Russell Hayes El Dorado Springs Volunteer Fire Department El Dorado Springs, Missouri Oct 4, 2018
Robert J. Phillips II Memphis Fire Department Memphis, Michigan Sep 23, 2018
David Fischer Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department Sturgis, South Dakota Sep 7, 2018
Eric C. Aarseth Miller Timber Services Philomath, Oregon Sep 4, 2018
Daniel “Danny” Lister Queen Anne-Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company Queen Anne, Maryland Sep 1, 2018
Michael Reese Willow Street Fire Company Willow Street, Pennsylvania Aug 23, 2018
Matthew Burchett Draper City Fire Department Draper, Utah Aug 13, 2018
Jeff Holden Orange Rural Fire Department Hillsborough, North Carolina Aug 13, 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.