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Garrett Paiz

Firefighter/Driver Garrett Paiz was killed in Napa, California, while operating an empty 1993 Kenworth water tender (tanker) when, according to the California Highway Patrol, the vehicle left the roadway on a curve and crashed through a guardrail down a ravine. Paiz, who died at the scene, was working on the Nuns fire burning in the hills above Oakville and was heading for a water resupply when the crash occurred near the bottom of a steep winding section of roadway called the Oakville Grade. According to initial reports, the roadway was closed for fire operations only at the time of the crash, and no other vehicles were involved. Firefighter/Driver Paiz, a native of the Coachella Valley in Southern California, and a volunteer firefighter with the Noel Fire Department in Missouri, was working as a contract firefighter with CAL FIRE at the time of his passing. The cause of the fatal incident remains under investigation by authorities.

Incident Location: 1631 Oakville Grade, Napa, CA 94558 (U.S. National Grid: 10S EH 50921 52824)

Department Information

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

Chief: Director Ken Pimlott

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

Age: 38 
Rank: Firefighter/Driver 
Classification: Wildland Contract 
Incident date: Oct 16, 2017 06:45
Date of death: Oct 16, 2017 
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Street/Road