Line of Duty

LODD Anniversary: Arizona Firefighter Killed in Supermarket Fire


On March 14, 2001, a 40-year-old male career fire fighter/paramedic died from carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal burns after running out of air and becoming disoriented while fighting a supermarket fire.

NIOSH LODD Report: North Carolina Firefighter Out of Air in Commercial Structure Fire


On April 30, 2016, a 20-year-old male volunteer fire fighter died after he ran out of air and became disoriented while fighting a fire in a commercial strip mall.

NIOSH LODD Report: Tanker Backs Over Pennsylvania Firefighter


When the driver stopped the tanker, it had completely run over the left half of the fire fighter’s body. An ambulance was called that arrived within minutes but the fire fighter was pronounced dead at the scene.

San Antonio LODD Report


San Antonio firefighter Scott Deem was killed while battling a commercial structure fire.

Line of Duty Deaths – Learn, Live, & Never Forget, 2018


The calendar for 2018 represents the game film of the fire service.  Incidents that have forever changed a department, a community, and many families.   Incidents that we as the Fire Service promised we would never forget.

On-Duty Deaths and Advancing Hoselines in 2017


These detailed numbers for structural firefighting have always been quite low but it is worth considering what influences are affecting the general decline and lowness. 

Both Sides of the FDNY Black Sunday


Remember the fallen in your training by reviewing the lessons learned from the Bronx and Brooklyn line of duty deaths. 

NIOSH LODD Report: Vermont Firefighter Stricken During Brush Fire


On April 27, 2016, a 58-year-old male paid-on-call fire fighter (FF) responded to a brush fire call. He drove the tanker to the scene and assisted with suppression operations. After approximately 10 minutes on the scene, he collapsed. 

LODD Anniversary: New York Captain Killed in Floor Collapse


Lessons learned from a Jan. 22, 2013 line of duty death.

California Thomas Fire LODD Information Report


At just before 9:30 a.m., while attempting to extinguish hotspots below the dozer line, one firefighter become entrapped and suffered fatal injuries. The four firefighters on the dozer line retreated to their escape route.

LODD Anniversary: Lieutenant Killed, Firefighters Injured in Crash


On January 9, 2009, a 52-year-old male career Lieutenant (the victim) died and three male career fire fighters were injured, when the ladder truck they were riding in failed to stop while traveling down a hill.

One Out of 93


2017 ended with a rise in fatalities compared to past years. However, the rise was not due to firefighters killed inside burning structures. As we look forward through this year we must seriously ask if we are truly concerned about reducing the other fatalities and what steps, revised, renewed or brand new, need to be taken.

NIOSH LODD Report: Ohio Firefighter Falls Through Floor at House Fire


On December 28, 2015, a 28-year-old male career fire fighter died due to thermal injuries and smoke inhalation with severe pulmonary edema at a single-family residential structure fire.

LODD Anniversary: Collapse Kills Massachusetts Firefighter


On December 8, 2011, a 43-year-old male career fire fighter received fatal injuries when he was trapped under falling debris during a partial collapse at the rear of a three-story residential structure.

NIOSH LODD Report: South Dakota Firefighter Killed in Structure Fire Collapse


The third fire fighter on the line yelled to get out, then the other two fire fighters heard a loud explosion.

DCFD Kennedy Street LODD Report


Lessons learned on the anniversary of a firefighting tragedy,

NIOSH LODD Report: Pennsylvania Firefighter Stricken During Trash Fire


Firefighter complained of chest pain during fire and became unresponsive while en route to the hospital.

Line of Duty Deaths: Learn, Live & Never Forget


Brian Gettemeier shares a weekly calendar of firefighter fatality investigation reports for our education and to honor the fallen.

NIOSH LODD Report: Collapse Kills Kansas City Firefighters


October 2015 fire claimed the lives of two firefighters and injured others.

On-Duty Deaths, January – June 2017


We must be continually looking at all aspects of our fatalities or we will miss the areas of progress and, more importantly, the areas of growing trouble.


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