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
Daniel J. Lucius Carroll Township Fire and EMS Oak Harbor, Ohio Nov 15, 2018
Michael Lubig Detroit Fire Department Detroit, Michigan Nov 12, 2018
Dennis Straight Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department Lancaster, South Carolina Nov 7, 2018
Dustin Grubbs Magee Volunteer Fire Department Magee, Mississippi Nov 3, 2018
Glenn Harman Rocky Point Fire & EMS Klamath Falls, Oregon Oct 16, 2018
Ken Hood California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Fire and Rescue Division Mather, California Oct 24, 2018
Tom Henrich Earling Fire and Resuce Department Earling, Iowa Oct 20, 2018
Joshua Eugin Saint David Fire District Saint David, Arizona Oct 17, 2018
Brad Clark Hanover County Fire and EMS – Station 6 Hanover, Virginia Oct 11, 2018
Russell Hayes El Dorado Springs Volunteer Fire Department El Dorado Springs, Missouri Oct 4, 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.