William “Bill” Jaros

Fire Engine Operator

Fire Engine Operator Jaros, a crewmember on Engine 312 of the Six Rivers National Forest’s Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area, was on a conditioning hike with several crewmembers when he became ill and collapsed. Immediate life-saving efforts, including CPR, were initiated by fellow firefighters. These efforts continued for an hour until Fire Engine Operator Jaros was hoisted into a CAL FIRE helicopter for evacuation. Fire Engine Operator Jaros was pronounced dead by a medical team at a local airport. The time of death was 1451hrs. His death was caused by a heart attack.

Incident Location: Vicinity of 100 Fire House RD, Gasquet, CA 95543 (U.S. National Grid: 10T DM 1894 3320)

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
William “Bill” Jaros 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

Six Rivers National Forest - Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area
1330 Bayshore Way
U.S. National Grid: 10T CL 9995 1537
Eureka, California 95501

Chief: Acting Forest Supervisor Michael Green

Age: 38
Rank: Fire Engine Operator
Classification: Wildland Full-Time
Incident date: July 8, 2017 13:15
Date of death: July 8, 2017
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Fitness Activity
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

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