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Toni Jean Townsend


Firefighter Townsend was working a ground crew cold trailing behind a truck when weather conditions changed and the fire blew-up between the ground crew and the truck. The ground crew began to run parallel to the road away from the fire. After running approximately 300 yards, Firefighter Townsend fell in a slight saddle of the ridge. At that time, the fire again blew-up from accumulated gases in the saddle and Firefighter Townsend was killed.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Toni Jean Townsend was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department
Grand Coulee, Washington

Age: 34
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: August 6, 1990
Date of death: August 6, 1990
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: On-Scene Fire

Last updated: December 09, 2014