Firefighter fatalities in the United States

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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
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
Neil B. Cope North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania Jul 16, 2019
Angela N. Chadwick-Hawkins US Army, Environmental Division/Wildland Fire Program Fort Jackson, South Carolina May 22, 2019
William C. White Sun Country Volunteer Fire Department Artesia, New Mexico Jul 2, 2019
Coleman Loadholt Jasper County Fire Rescue Ridgeland, South Carolina Jun 21, 2019
Michael “Mike” Powers Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department Libertytown, Maryland Jun 25, 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.