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
Dwain Hudson Argyle Volunteer Fire Department Custer, South Dakota Apr 17, 2019
John “Jack” Leming Cape May Point Volunteer Fire Company #1 Cape May Point, New Jersey Apr 15, 2019
James “Woody” Woodman West Haven Fire Department West Haven, Connecticut Mar 29, 2019
Daniel Laird United States Forest Service - Tahoe National Forest Nevada City, California Mar 27, 2019
Michael Bernstein Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mar 20, 2019
Jacob “Jake” Ringering Godfrey Fire Protection District Godfrey, Illinois Mar 5, 2019
Joel Barnes Berwick Fire Department Berwick, Maine Mar 1, 2019
Thomas Nye Marion Fire Department Marion, Massachusetts Feb 27, 2019
Brenden A. Pierce Palmerdale Fire District Pinson, Alabama Feb 23, 2019
Jason Byrd Fayette County Fire Department Somerville, Tennessee Feb 18, 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.

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