Trampus S. Haskvitz, Firefighter

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Firefighter Haskvitz was working on State Engine 561 at the Coal Canyon Fire in Fall River County. Engine 561 was assigned fire suppression duties on a mid-slope road along the fire edge. The fire rapidly advanced, cutting off the escape route for the firefighters. Two firefighters were able to run to safety, sustaining moderate to severe burn injuries. Firefighter Haskvitz could not escape from the cab of the engine and died due to smoke inhalation and thermal burns.

Department information

South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression Division
4250 Fire Station Road
Suite 2
Rapid City, South Dakota 57703

Chief: Chief Jim Esperance

Trampus S. Haskvitz 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.
Age: 23
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Wildland Part-Time
Incident date: August 11, 2011 15:00
Date of death: August 11, 2011
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Burns
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Vacant Property