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Fatality Investigations

To address the continuing problem of national occupational fire fighter fatalities, NIOSH conducts independent investigations of fire fighter line of duty deaths through its Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program (FFFIPP). This includes investigations of fire fighters who were serving in the capacity of an EMS worker. It distinguishes between deaths related to cardiac events and deaths related to traumatic events. The FFFIPP web page provides access to NIOSH fire fighter investigation reports and other fire fighter safety resources.

Fire fighter/EMS worker deaths related to cardiac events
Report
number
Incident StateTitle*
F2012-02TXFire fighter-paramedic suffers on-duty cardiac death at fire station - Texas
F2011-06OHParamedic training instructor/coordinator found dead in his quarters - Ohio
F2011-03NHFire fighter-paramedic suffers sudden cardiac death during ice rescue training - New Hampshire
F2010-34CAFire fighter/paramedic suffers sudden cardiac death after rescue training - California
F2010-17OHFire fighter/paramedic dies from aortic dissection after three emergency responses - Ohio
F2010-12UTFire chief suffers sudden cardiac death during emergency medical response - Utah
F2008-23MAFire Fighter-Emergency Medical Technician Suffers Sudden Cardiac Death After Multiple Emergency Responses – Massachusetts
F2008-13NYFire fighter-emergency medical technician suffers sudden cardiac death during overhaul - New York
F2007-21NVFire fighter-emergency medical technician suffers sudden cardiac death during physical fitness training - Nevada
F2007-05NYVolunteer fire fighter/emergency medical technician suffers sudden death 2 hours after completing vehicle extrication training - New York
F2006-18SCFire fighter/emergency medical technician (FF/EMT) suffers sudden death while on-duty - South Carolina
F2006-08PAFire fighter/emergency medical technician suffers an acute myocardial infarction and dies three days later - Pennsylvania
F2005-33NYCaptain suffers pulmonary embolism during response to a medical call and later dies - New York
F2004-22SCCareer fire fighter/emergency medical technician suffers sudden death 5 hours after participating in emergency response - South Carolina
F2004-12FLFire fighter-paramedic dies after performing physical fitness training - Florida
F2004-06WAFire fighter-paramedic suffers sudden cardiac death while performing physical fitness training - Washington
F2003-22TXVolunteer fire fighter suffers sudden cardiac death after completing emergency medical technician (EMT) written examination - Texas
F2003-10CAFire fighter suffers sudden cardiac death during a medical emergency response - California

* The reports listed below were selected based on the identification of EMT, paramedic, or medical response in the report title.

Fire fighter/EMS worker deaths related to traumatic events
Report
number
Incident StateTitle*
F2011-21LAVolunteer fire fighter dies in a single-motor-vehicle crash while responding to a medical assistance call - Louisiana
F2011-13CAA career lieutenant and fire fighter/paramedic die in a hillside residential house fire - California
F2011-05CACareer fire fighter/paramedic dies from injuries following an unexpected ceiling collapse - California
F2010-10ILOne career fire fighter/paramedic dies and a part-time fire fighter/paramedic is injured when caught in a residential structure flashover - Illinois
F2009-30GACareer fire fighter/paramedic dies 2 days after being ejected during an ambulance rollover incident - Georgia
F2005-12FLCareer fire fighter/EMT dies in ambulance crash - Florida
F2004-11KYCareer lieutenant killed and fire fighter injured by gunfire while responding to medical assistance call - Kentucky
F2003-33NECareer fire fighter/emergency medical technician dies and paramedic is injured in a three-vehicle collision - Nebraska
F2003-07CACareer fire fighter/emergency medical technician dies from injuries sustained in fall from apparatus - California
F2003-05TXCareer fire fighter/emergency medical technician dies in ambulance crash - Texas
F2002-44INParapet wall collapse at auto body shop claims life of career captain and injures career lieutenant and emergency medical technician - Indiana
F2002-42NCEmergency medical technician killed in single-vehicle crash while responding to structure fire - North Carolina
99-F42CAFire fighters/emergency medical technician dies in apparatus incident at wildland fire - California
99-F29MOFirefighter/paramedic drowns during an underwater scuba training drill - Missouri
98-F24SCEmergency medical technician receives serious burns from an oxygen regulator flash fire - South Carolina
98-F08CAThree fire department members (two fire fighter paramedics and one helicopter crewman) and an automobile crash victim die of injuries sustained in an air ambulance/helicopter crash - California

* The reports listed below were selected based on the identification of EMT, paramedic, or medical response in the report title.

Also, NIOSH has investigated deaths of emergency medical services workers involved in motor vehicle crashes through the Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program. The purpose of these investigations is to better understand the circumstances that resulted in the EMS workers’ motor vehicle injury deaths. Each report includes a summary of the event resulting in the EMS worker’s death, and recommendations that employers and others can take to prevent future similar deaths.

Report
number
Incident StateTitle
2001-12NYEmergency medical technician dies in ambulance crash - New York
2001-11KY26-year-old emergency medical technician dies in multiple fatality ambulance crash - Kentucky
 
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