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.

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Recently reported firefighter fatalities

Includes provisional information

Name Fire Department City, State Date of Death
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
Randy R. Treat Kingston Rural Volunteer Fire Department Kingston, Arkansas Aug 26, 2017
Dale “Clint” C. Hardemon West Blocton Fire Department West Blocton, Alabama Aug 13, 2017
Thomas P. McBride Campbellsburg Fire and Rescue Campbellsburg, Kentucky Aug 24, 2017
Tom Martin Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department Black Eagle, Montana Aug 19, 2017
Brent M. Witham U.S. Forest Service Missoula, Montana Aug 2, 2017
Jay Hinkie Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department Silsbee, Texas Aug 2, 2017
Richard W. Leonard Perth Amboy Fire Department Perth Amboy, New Jersey Jul 30, 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.