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David Allen Curlin


Lieutenant Curlin and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a fire in a commercial occupancy at 0445 hours. Firefighters found a working fire in an office building and initiated an interior attack. Firefighters found fire in the attic of the structure and began to evacuate the interior. Approximately 30 minutes into the fire fight, Lieutenant Curlin and another firefighter were operating a handline on the exterior of the structure when a collapse occurred. Lieutenant Curlin was trapped in debris and was removed by other firefighters using hydraulic tools. He was transported to a local hospital and was treated for crush and thermal injuries. He was transported to a regional hospital and then to a care facility. He died on May 22, 2010. Lieutenant Curlin's death was a result of the injuries he received on January 3, 2010. Incident Location: 604 Main Street (USNG: 15S WT 9179 8741).
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
David Allen Curlin 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

Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services
200 E 8TH AVE
USNG: 15S WT 9203 8703
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601-5006

Chief: Dannie C. Smith

Age: 40
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: January 3, 2010 05:15
Date of death: May 22, 2010
Cause of death: Collapse
Nature of death: Crushed
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Store/Office

Last updated: April 06, 2016