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Andrew Palmer

Firefighter

Firefighter Palmer was assigned as a part of an engine crew to the Iron Complex fire on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Weaverville, California. When Firefighter Palmer and his crew arrived at the incident command post, they could not go to work immediately due to a mechanical problem with their apparatus. After working logistical assignments at the camp, Firefighter Palmer and his crew were assigned to a tree falling team. The team worked ahead of firefighters mopping up a fire that was under control. The falling team removed or dropped hazardous tress to allow other firefighters to work more safely. At approximately 1350hrs, Firefighter Palmer was injured by a falling tree. Helicopter access to the site was prevented by smoke conditions so other firefighters carried Firefighter Palmer to a location where he was picked up by a United States Coast Guard helicopter. Firefighter Palmer went into cardiac arrest in the helicopter and was pronounced dead.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Andrew Palmer 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

Olympic National Park
600 E Park Ave.
USNG: 10UDU67882746
Port Angeles, Washington 98362

Chief: Superintendent Karen Gustin

Age: 18
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Wildland Part-Time
Incident date: July 25, 2008 13:50
Date of death: July 25, 2008
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Support
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Last updated: July 28, 2016