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.
Includes provisional information
|Name||Fire Department||City, State||Date of Death|
|Christopher L. Foster||Demopolis Fire Department||Demopolis, Alabama||Mar 23, 2017|
|Joseph Toscano||Watertown Fire Department||Watertown, Massachusetts||Mar 17, 2017|
|Steven P. Buser||Ames Fire Department||Ames, Iowa||Mar 17, 2017|
|Loretta A. Sykes||Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department||Sumrall, Mississippi||Mar 15, 2017|
|Clinton A. Beasley||Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department||Sumrall, Mississippi||Mar 15, 2017|
|Dennis DeVoe||Harrisburg Bureau of Fire||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania||Mar 11, 2017|
|William “Iron Bill” Dowling||Houston Fire Department||Houston, Texas||Mar 7, 2017|
|Michael Norton||Coweta County Fire Rescue||Newnan, Georgia||Mar 2, 2017|
|Richard Kaplan||Jericho Fire Department||Jericho, New York||Jan 23, 2017|
|Terrance “Terry” E. Shafer||Spring Valley Fire Department||Spring Valley, Wisconsin||Feb 25, 2017|
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.