Firefighter Fatalities

Notifications of firefighter line-of-duty deaths and fatality news and investigations

San Antonio FIrefighter Scott Deem

San Antonio (TX) Firefighter Dies in Shopping Mall Fire

A firefighter in San Antonio, Texas, was killed while operating at a shopping mall fire on May 18, 2017.

NIOSH Report on 2015 Death of Cincinnati Firefighter

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention program recently released its report on the death of Cincinnati Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon, who died after falling down an unsecured elevator shaft during a 2015 incident.

May Their Sacrifices Not Be in Vain: Buffalo (NY) LODDs Case Study

Joe Pronesti reviews the deaths of Buffalo (NY) Fire Department Lieutenant Charles “Chip” McCarthy and Firefighter Jonathan Croom on August 24, 2009.

May Their Sacrifices Not Be in Vain: Bryan (TX) LODD Case Study

As officers, one of the most potent lessons we can offer our firefighters is the review of line-of-duty death (LODD) reports and close calls. Joe Pronesti shares a PowerPoint you can use to review the deaths of two Bryan (TX) firefighters in a 2013 structure fire.


EXPLOSION of a semi-trailer van containing 13 tons of nitro earbo nitrate (ammonium nitrate blasting agent), 2 tons of 60-percent gelatin dynamite and 99 blasting caps near Bushkill, Pa., during the early morning hours of June 20 resulted in death of six persons, injured 13 others and destroyed three pumpers of the Marshalls Creek Volunteer Fire Department.