Line of Duty

Photos: Late West Burlington (IA) Firefighter Laid to Rest


The West Burlington (IA) Fire Department recently laid to rest a member who was killed in a crash last month, and fire photographer Tim Olk shared some photos from the service.

Photos: West Burlington (IA) LODD Funeral


January 2017 On-Duty Death Details


Vehicle Collision was the leading cause of death for January.

NIOSH LODD Report: Connecticut Firefighter Out of Air in Apartment Fire


The firefighter was found lying on his right side near the door with his foot caught in a piece of furniture.

NIOSH LODD Report: Georgia Lieutenant Killed in Overhaul Collapse


Fire departments should ensure that incident commanders conduct a risk-versus-gain analysis prior to committing to interior operations in vacant/abandoned structures and continue the assessment throughout the operations.

NIOSH LODD Report: New York Firefighter Dies from Structure Fire Injuries


New York volunteer firefighter was found face down in several inches of water in the basement.

NIOSH LODD Report: Heart Attack Claims Wildland Supervisor after Training


Investigators conclude that the exertion of the training precipitated the heart attack

NIOSH LODD Report: Wildland Firefighter Dies during Pack Test


Autopsy listed “hyperthermia and probable dehydration due to physical exertion” as cause of death.

NIOSH LODD Report: Cardiac Event Claims New York Firefighter


Physical stress of responding to and participating in fire suppression activities at the structure fire triggered a heart attack after this 2015 fire.

On-Duty Deaths and Advancing Hoselines in 2016


A closer look at reported firefighter fatality on the hoseline data.

NIOSH LODD Report: Oklahoma Storm Drain Rescue


Captain swept into underground drain during flooding

NIOSH LODD Report: D.C. Apartment Fire

NIOSH LODD Report: D.C. Apartment Fire


Prior to the fire the lieutenant was not known to have coronary heart disease.

NIOSH LODD Report: Montana Safety Officer Sudden Death


The death certificate, completed by the county deputy coroner, listed “multi-drug toxicity” as the cause of death.

I challenge you to learn from our tragedies and past mistakes, be proactive, and continue to fight for firefighter safety and the equipment that we need to keep us safe! (Photo by John Cetrino.)

Will We Forget Our Past Again?


Learn from tragedies and past mistakes, be proactive, and continue to fight for firefighter safety and the equipment to keep us safe! 

Game of Fire


A review of My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire's Lone Survivor by Brendan McDonough.

Focus on Fireground: FDNY 23rd Street Collapse


Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan and guests take a look at the FDNY 23rd Street fire and collapse

Firefighter Fatalities


An examination of the latest information from the NFPA regarding on-duty firefighter fatalities.

Raising the Fallen

12/01/2014 Lt. Tom Wolf designed a platform that helps pallbearers load and unload the caskets of brothers and sisters at funerals.

On Duty & Line of Duty: What Is the Difference?

03/07/2013 The death of a firefighter is a tragedy that evokes many emotions and sentiments. Among them is the tradition and tribute associated with remembering the firefighter as having died in the line of duty. But before we can fully embrace this tradition, we must first understand the proper terminology related to firefighter fatalities and how this terminology affects the official annual tallies put forth by two national fire service organizations--the USFA and the NFFF.


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