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Brian D. Massey

Fire Engineer

Fire Engineer Massey participated in rigorous wildland fire fighting training while on-duty. He complained of being tired after the training and said that he had overexerted himself. He went off-duty at 0800hrs on May 20, 2017. He told his spouse that he was tired. At approximately 2200hrs, he collapsed and died as the result of a heart attack.

Incident Location: 20055 Highway 166, Kern County, CA 93225 (U.S. National Grid: 11S KU 9232 8184)

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Brian D. Massey 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.

Department information

Kern County Fire Department
5642 Victor Street
U.S. National Grid: 11S LV 1282 2050
Bakersfield, California 93308-4056

Chief: Brian Marshall

Age: 56
Rank: Fire Engineer
Classification: Career
Incident date: May 20, 2017 22:00
Date of death: May 20, 2017
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Not On Scene
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training
Fixed property use: Store/Office

Last updated: June 15, 2018

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