Firefighter fatalities in the United States


Firefighter fatalities
reported in 2018

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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
Allen Headley Plaquemines Parish Fire District # 2 Belle Chasse, Louisiana Mar 16, 2018
M.V. Hudson New London Volunteer Fire Department New London, Texas Mar 10, 2018
Stacey L. Boulware Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services Mareitta, Georgia Mar 12, 2018
Casey S. Kuhns Morrisville Fire Department Morrisville, Vermont Feb 28, 2018
Christopher Pryor LaVale Volunteer Fire Department LaVale, Maryland Feb 25, 2018
Earnest McDuffie Hinesville Fire Department Hinesville, Georgia Feb 20, 2018
Richard Jenks Pascoag Fire Department Pascoag, Rhode Island Feb 14, 2018
Jason Dickey Lawrenceburg Fire Department Lawrenceburg, Tennessee Feb 12, 2018
Dwayne “Yogi” Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands Fire Service St. Croix, Virgin Islands Jan 24, 2018
Derrick R. Webb Hardy’s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department Cookville, Tennessee Jan 17, 2018
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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.