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William Richard Danes


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 Incident Location: TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station (USNG: 14R QU 5550 9140)
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
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.

Department information

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

Chief: Gerald Burnett

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

Last updated: December 12, 2013