Firefighter fatalities in the United States


Firefighter fatalities
in 2020

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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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Recent firefighter fatalities

Includes provisional information

Name Fire Department City, State Date of Death
Frazier L. Holbert Carrollton Fire Rescue Carrollton, Texas Sep 13, 2020
Thomas Searcy Houston Fire Department Houston, Texas Sep 8, 2020
Thomas Duffy Central Copters, Inc. Belgrade, Montana Aug 24, 2020
Diane Jones KL Farms/Fire LLC Summerville, Oregon Aug 31, 2020
Steven W. Tower Goffstown Fire Department Goffstown, New Hampshire Aug 31, 2020
David Closs, Sr. Avis Fire Company #1 Avis, Pennsylvania Aug 23, 2020
Brian S. Smith St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department St. George Island, Florida Aug 25, 2020
Joseph Liedel Monroe Charter Township Fire Department Monroe, Michigan Aug 23, 2020
Bryant Anderson City of Converse, TX Fire Department Converse, Texas Aug 18, 2020
Eric R. Ellis Salmon Air Base, Salmon-Challis National Forest Salmon, Idaho May 21, 2020
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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.