Frank Anaya, Inmate Firefighter

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Firefighter Anaya and other firefighters were working in teams to cut and move brush for a fire break line. The brush being cut was 6 to 10 feet in height.

As his partner cut, a branch snapped unexpectedly, and Firefighter Anaya fell onto the operating chain saw. He was struck on his upper right thigh, just behind his protective chaps. Other firefighters moved Firefighter Anaya from the scene and applied a tactical tourniquet. He was transported from the scene to a local hospital by ground ambulance at 1459hrs. Firefighter Anaya died as a result of his injuries on July 11, 2017.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Interstate 8-Business and Los Coches Road (U.S. National Grid: 11S NS 0884 3270)

Department information

CAL FIRE
PO Box 944246, 1416 9th Street
U.S. National Grid: 10S FH 3093 7079
Sacramento, California 94244-2460

Chief: Director Ken Pimlott

Frank Anaya 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: 22
Rank: Inmate Firefighter
Classification: Wildland Part-Time
Incident date: July 5, 2017 14:40
Date of death: July 11, 2017
Cause of death: Other
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property