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.
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|
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.