Robert Bruce Thomas

Captain Thomas was the driver of a 1999 Freightliner fire truck returning from a structure fire response. As the vehicle entered a curve, the wheels drifted off to the right. Captain Thomas overcorrected and the vehicle crossed the center line and entered a ditch.

The apparatus rolled over and ejected Captain Thomas, who was not wearing a seat belt. The apparatus crushed Captain Thomas, resulting in fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Incident Location: Louisiana Highway 155, Bienville, LA (U.S. National Grid: 15S WR 1122 7095)

Department Information

Bienville Parish Fire Protection District 7
PO Box 309
USNG: 15S WR 1034 6688
Saline, Louisiana 71070

Chief: Interim Fire Chief Quincy Plunkett

Robert Bruce Thomas 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: 52 
Rank: Captain 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Jun 30, 2014 22:00
Date of death: Jun 30, 2014 
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Returning 
Fixed property use: Street/Road