Ray Rubio

Firefighter/Smokejumper Ray Rubio passed away in the Grandview Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama, from injuries he suffered in a fall on November 23, 2016. Rubio, a Smokejumper (RAC 95) with the Redmond Air Center (RAC) - Deschutes National Forest, had been assigned to the Southeast during an outbreak of multiple large fires in the region. Firefighter Rubio was reported to have been in travel status on his way home to Oregon and staying overnight in Birmingham at the time of his injury.

Incident Location: Birmingham, Alabama (U.S. National Grid: 16S EC 18 09

Department Information

Redmond Smokejumpers - Redmond Air Center Deschutes National Forest
1740 SE Ochoco Way
U.S. National Grid: 10T FQ 4786 0250
Redmond, Oregon 97756

Chief: Base Manager Bill Selby

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 52 
Rank: Firefighter/Smokejumper 
Classification: Wildland Full-Time 
Incident date: Nov 23, 2016 
Date of death: Dec 19, 2016 
Cause of death: Fall 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Not On Scene 
Emergency duty: No
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