Line of Duty

LODD Anniversary: Firefighters and Children Killed in Iowa Fire


On December 22, 1999, a 49-year-old Shift Commander and two Engine Operators, 39 and 29 years of age respectively, lost their lives while performing search-and-rescue operations at a residential structure fire. 

LODD Anniversary: Probationary Firefighter Killed in Texas Fire


On December 20, 2004, a 24-year-old male career probationary firefighter died after he became separated from a fire-attack team at a two-alarm, single-story, residential structure fire.

December and Firefighters


Each December, there are some very significant dates for the fire service.

NIOSH LODD Report: Maryland Firefighter Killed During Welfare Check


On April 15, 2016, a 37-year-old male career fire fighter/paramedic was killed and a 19-year-old male volunteer fire fighter was seriously wounded when they were shot after a combination fire department was dispatched for a check on the welfare of a citizen. 

Delaware LODDs: The Impact on Your Department


We are pleading with you to take this information and genuinely evaluate yours and each of our departments.

NIOSH LODD Report: Delaware Firefighters Killed in Collapse


On September 24, 2016, a 41-year-old lieutenant and a 51-year-old senior fire fighter died due to a floor collapse in a row house at a structure fire.

NIOSH LODD Report: Texas Cadet Dies During SCBA Maze Training


Contributing factors and lessons learned from a 2016 LODD.

NIOSH LODD Report: Los Angeles Firefighter Falls from Aerial Ladder


Read the contributing factors and lessons learned from a June 2017 line of duty death.

NIOSH LODD Report: Mississippi Firefighters Struck and Killed


Two firefighters were killed and a third injured when struck by a vehicle.

NIOSH LODD Report: Texas Firefighter Killed in Strip Mall Blaze


On May 18, 2017, a 31-year-old male career fire fighter died after fire conditions rapidly deteriorated inside a commercial strip mall.

NIOSH LODD Report: Fatal Tanker Response Crash in Oklahoma


While traveling south on a two-lane, paved county road, Tanker 1 ran off the right side of the road through a narrow soft shoulder into a ditch.

Grieving with Firefighter Families


As days and weeks go by, and the normalcy of life takes over, the family still needs us, but we have other responsibilities that take the place of the time we had been dedicating to comforting the family. 

Health and Fitness: Creating the Culture

07/31/2018 Brandon Green examines how the health of the firefighter is a vital piece of the fire service puzzle and should be a focus of proper training in every firehouse in the country.

NIOSH LODD Report: Illinois Firefighter Suffers Cardiac Arrest after Leaving Firehouse


On February 7, 2017, a 46-year-old male volunteer FF (fire fighter) responded to a motor vehicle accident as the driver of the engine. Upon returning to the fire station after the call, the FF reported to his Chief that he was not feeling well and left the station before other members.

NIOSH LODD Report: Indiana Fire Chief Dies after Heart Attack at Vehicle Fire


Fire chief collapsed while serving as the Incident Commander during a November 2016 fire.

NIOSH LODD Report: Heart Attack Claims Nebraska Captain at Vehicle Fire


On April 16, 2015, a 42-year-old male volunteer captain (the “Captain”) participated in auto extrication training. He set up the extrication tools and performed a door frame cut. The fire department was then dispatched to a motor vehicle fire.

NIOSH LODD Report: Heart Attack Claims Nebraska Captain After EMS Call


On June 23, 2016, a 38-year-old male volunteer captain responded to an emergency medical call. While helping transfer a patient from a car onto a stretcher, he started to feel as though “someone had dropped the car” on his chest. 

NIOSH LODD Report: Cardiac Arrest at New Hampshire Brush Fire


Findings from a July 2014 on-duty death in New Hampshire.

NIOSH LODD Report: New Hampshire Firefighter Dies of Heart Attack after Training


On June 13, 2016, a 43-year-old male paid-on-call fire fighter (FF) took part in a weekly training drill involving rescue equipment. The FF had a history of cardiac events including prior heart attack and stenting.

LODD Anniversary: Cincinnati Firefighter Killed in Flashover


On March 21, 2003, a 25-year old male career fire fighter (the victim) was fatally injured in a flashover during a house fire. The victim and two other fire fighters were on an interior attack crew and had just gone through the front door of a single family residence. 


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