At first glance of the United States Fire Administration USFA firefighter fatality data you may see that nine firefighters have died while advancing hoselines this year. While the exact data details may not ring true for your fire, nine victims have died and nine would be considered if they died inside a burning structure. That being said, a glance at the overall total of the data and the underlying cause of the deaths will give you the context for the year. Below are the nine fatalities covered by the data so far.
Idaho Search and Rescue Captain Mark Harnick, 37year old with four years experience, died on 12 April while fighting a residential structure fire. Captain Harnick was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Virginia Beach Fire Lieutenant Kevin McCaffery, 35year old with three years experience, died on 15 April while fighting a residential structure fire.
Lieutenant McCaffery was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Pennsylvania Firefighter Russell Sharpe, 32year old with three years experience, died on 16 April while fighting a residential structure fire. Firefighters from both Maryland and Delaware died in the incident.
Six months prior to Sharpe’s death, a Pennsylvania volunteer firefighter had died while operating at a residential structure fire. On 18 April 2014, the victim had become separated from his crew while searching for an occupant that was believed to be inside. While following a hoseline into the residential structure he collapsed and was subsequently struck by a falling tree.Disclaimer: The preceding content was generated by an AI algorithm, trained on millions of points of data scoured from the web. It is constantly updating itself, but while some of the information presented in this article may be true, none of the facts have been verified.