William Richard Danes, Firefighter

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Firefighter Danes was participating in ladder training at a training center. The training consisted of classroom and hands-on training. Part of the hands-on training involved climbing hand ladders in full structural fire fighting protective clothing and SCBA. As Firefighter Danes descended a ladder, other firefighters noticed that he was not feeling well. He was supported on each side by a firefighter and laid on the ground. Firefighter Danes became unresponsive and emergency medical care including CPR was initiated. Firefighter Danes was transported to a first aid station and then to a local hospital by ambulance. Firefighter Danes did not recover and was pronounced dead at the hospital due to an acute heart attack. The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office prepared a detailed report on this incident. The report is available at https://www.tdi.state.tx.us/fire/fmloddinvesti.html Incident Location: TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station (USNG: 14R QU 5550 9140)

Department information

Brazos County Precinct 3 Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 5453
Bryan, Texas 77805-5453

Chief: Gerald Burnett

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William Richard Danes 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: 69
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: May 17, 2012 20:53
Date of death: May 17, 2012
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training