Robert “Bobby” Joseph Mollere

At 0730hrs, Lieutenant Mollere arrived at the Hellsgate Fire District fire station to participate in the mandated U.S. Forest Service Arduous Duty Work Capacity Test (WCT), also known as the “Pack Test”. Seven other firefighters were also scheduled to take the test at the same time. Successful completion of the pack test is required to be eligible to work at state and federal wildland fires.

While at the station Lieutenant Mollere retrieved equipment necessary for the test, including weighted vests and cases of bottled water. Mollere and his crew departed the fire station for a local high school track where the test was being administered. Once at the high school, participants were briefed on the components and requirements of the test, drank water, donned weighted vests, and stretched. The training officer began the test at approximately 0800hrs.

According to crew members, Lieutenant Mollere had completed approximately 6 laps (1.5 miles) without obvious difficulty. At 0823hrs, as he began his 7th lap, Mollere stumbled, appeared dizzy, and collapsed. A crew member caught Mollere and assisted him to the ground where he was found to be unconscious. Crew members initially thought he might be suffering the effects of heat exhaustion so they quickly removed his weighted vest, placed him on his back, and elevated his feet. Lieutenant Mollere was found to be unresponsive and not breathing. CPR was initiated while other firefighters retrieved medical equipment from on-site fire apparatus. Simultaneously, an additional Advanced Life Support (ALS) Engine Company and ambulance was requested to respond to the scene.

Lieutenant Mollere was placed in the ambulance and transported to a regional hospital. Resuscitation efforts continued to the emergency department. Lieutenant Mollere was eventually pronounced dead by the attending physician at 0917hrs.

For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program report F2014-12 (

Incident Location: Payson High School track, AZ (U.S. National Grid: 12S VC 6952 8857)

Department Information

Hellsgate Fire Department
80 S. Walters Lane
U.S. National Grid: USNG: 12S VC 7643 9042
Star Valley, Arizona 85541

Chief: Chief Gary Hatch

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Robert “Bobby” Joseph Mollere 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: 61 
Rank: Lieutenant 
Classification: Paid-on-Call 
Incident date: Mar 8, 2014 08:31
Date of death: Mar 8, 2014 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Not On Scene 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training 
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