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 2020

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Recent firefighter fatalities

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Name Fire Department City, State Date of Death
Alan D. Basso Cowlitz County Fire District 5 Kalama, Washington Nov 27, 2020
Robert Cree Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department Lucerne, Indiana Nov 22, 2020
Robert "Bobby" J. Rocha Kansas City, MO Fire Department Kansas City, Missouri Nov 21, 2020
Michael Buitendorp Grant Township Fire Department Rothbury, Michigan Nov 18, 2020
Joseph "Joe" Gallo Blissfield Township Fire Department Blissfield, Michigan Nov 17, 2020
Sean D. Laffan Oakland Fire Department Oakland, California Nov 16, 2020
Matthew D. Bennnett Indianapolis Fire Department Indianapolis, Indiana Nov 14, 2020
Johnny Ivison, Jr. Easton Township Fire Department Easton, Kansas Nov 8, 2020
Harold Boone Monroe County Emergency Services Forsyth, Georgia Nov 2, 2020
Lemuel Bruce Houston Fire Department Houston, Texas Oct 16, 2020