Firefighter fatalities in the United States


Firefighter fatalities
reported in 2019

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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 Stavinoha Houston Fire Department Houston, Texas Sep 21, 2019
Edward Nulton Kunkle Fire Company Dallas, Pennsylvania Sep 19, 2019
Claud G. Messer Jonathan Creek Fire and Rescue Waynesville, North Carolina Sep 20, 2019
Michael Bell Farmington Fire Rescue Farmington, Maine Sep 16, 2019
Brian J. Sullivan Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Squad 41 Bronx, New York Aug 10, 2019
Walter Wagaman Buchanan Valley Volunteer Fire Department Orrtanna, Pennsylvania Aug 14, 2019
Norman E. Klenow East Tawas Fire Department East Tawas, Michigan Aug 10, 2019
James E. Sommers Suwannee Fire Rescue Live Oak, Florida Aug 6, 2019
Yaroslav Katkov CAL FIRE, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Sacramento, California Jul 29, 2019
Jeff Stroble City of Roswell Fire Department Roswell, New Mexico Jul 21, 2019
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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.