TN Firefighter Dies After Falling Ill at Station

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Derrick Ryan Webb, 31, of Hardy’s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department on January 17, 2018.

Firefighter Derrick Ryan Webb fell ill while preparing a training drill at the fire station. Webb was found unresponsive in the apparatus bay beside his turn-out gear and SCBA. The PASS device on the SCBA was still sounding. CPR was initiated but firefighter Webb was pronounced deceased at the hospital from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.  

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Webb at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, four firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2018.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html

 

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

Tennessee Firefighter Dies After Being Struck by Tree

A 41-year-old Tennessee firefighter died from injuries he sustained after being struck by a tree at an emergency scene.

The U.S. Fire Administration reported that, while working at the scene of a motor vehicle accident with fire, Madison County (TN) Fire Department Firefighter Christopher Michael Blankenship was seriously injured when a tree at the scene fell on top of him. Firefighters quickly removed the tree from Blankenship and rendered medical aid. Blankenship was then transported to the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Blankenship had 10 years of service.