Brandon S Ricks

Pilot Ricks and 2 passengers, including Forest Service Engineering Technician Cobb, were supporting an 800 acre controlled burn along the Harrison and Stone County lines in southern Mississippi in the De Soto National Forest.

For reasons unknown at this time, the Bell 206 L-1 helicopter crashed and burned. Forest Service Engineering Technician Cobb was killed due to traumatic injuries and Pilot Ricks died as the result of asphyxiation due to inhalation of products of combustion. One other firefighter that was a passenger in the helicopter sustained severe injuries but survived.

For additional information about this crash, consult the National Transportation Safety Board web site at - NTSB identification ERA15FA173.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Airey Tower and Martha Redmond roads, MS (U.S. National Grid: 16R CU 0251 9368)

Department Information

United States Forest Service - National Forests in Mississippi
Suite 500-N, 200 S Lamar ST
U.S. National Grid: 15S YR 6496 7703
Jackson, Mississippi 39201

Chief: Forest Supervisor Gretta Boley

Brandon S Ricks 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: 40 
Rank: Pilot 
Classification: Wildland Contract 
Incident date: Mar 30, 2015 14:57
Date of death: Mar 30, 2015 
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of death: Asphyxiation 
Activity type: Not On Scene 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty 
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property