William “Bill” Jaros, Fire Engine Operator

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Fire Engine Operator William "Bill" Jaros, a crew member 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 others when he became ill and collapsed. Immediate life-saving efforts were initiated by his fellow crew members; however, they were unable to revive him. The cause of death is under investigation through the Del Norte County Coroner’s office. Conditioning hikes, such as the one Engine 312 crew members were participating, are part of the continuing preparedness routine for firefighters.

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

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

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

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: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Fitness Activity
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property