Bruce E Britt

Lieutenant Britt and his Snozzle company were dispatched along with other fire department and law enforcement units to the report of a building collapse in a residential building on a local college campus. When they arrived on the scene, firefighters did not see any signs of a collapse and began to search the incident building and nearby buildings.

As Lieutenant Britt walked along an elevated exterior walkway attached to the incident building, a structural failure occurred and the walkway collapsed. Lieutenant Britt fell to the ground and was crushed by debris from the collapse.

Lieutenant Britt was extricated from the collapse after about 11 minutes of effort by firefighters using airbags and cribbing. He was transported to a hospital but died of compression asphyxia.

For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program report F2014-07 (

Incident Location: University Village, 601 S. Providence Road, Columbia, MO (U.S. National Grid: 15S WA 5755 1064)

Department Information

Columbia Fire Department
201 Orr ST
U. S. National Grid: 15S WD 5848 1187
Columbia, Missouri 65201

Chief: Charles P. Witt, Jr.

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Bruce E Britt 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: 48 
Rank: Lieutenant 
Classification: Career 
Incident date: Feb 22, 2014 04:45
Date of death: Feb 22, 2014 
Cause of death: Struck By 
Nature of death: Crushed 
Activity type: Search and Rescue 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire 
Fixed property use: Residential