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Firefighter Fatalities in the United States

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.


Firefighter fatalities in 2022

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Recent firefighter fatalities

Includes provisional information
Name Fire department Location Date of death
Marc Olson CO Fire Aviation Fort Morgan, Colorado Nov 16, 2021
William "Billy" J. Steinberg Forestburgh Fire Company #1 Forestburgh, New York Jan 15, 2022
Benjamin Polson St. Louis Fire Department St. Louis, Missouri Jan 13, 2022
Brian Lange Upsala Fire Department Upsala, Minnesota Dec 11, 2021
David Spink Barstow Fire Protection District Barstow, California Jan 9, 2022
Jonathan "Jon" Flagler Los Angeles County Fire Department Los Angeles, California Jan 6, 2022
Donald G. Gross Lincoln Fire and Rescue Lincoln, Nebraska Jan 4, 2022
Brian C. Busch Mineral Point Fire Department Mineral Point, Wisconsin Jan 6, 2022
James "Jim" M. Ludlum Mineral Point Fire Department Mineral Point, Wisconsin Jan 6, 2022
Joseph "Joe" Maiello Fire Department of New York Brooklyn, New York Dec 26, 2021