Civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings

Updated report looks at characteristics of home fire fatalities for the period 2011-2013.

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Operational Lessons Learned in Disaster Response

Finding: Post-incident analysis of major disasters reveals that the fire service at large is unprepared for large-scale all-hazard operations at the regional and national level.

A study of after action reviews from major disasters of the past decade to gain insight into lessons learned.

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Firefighter fatalities

USFA has recently received notice of the following firefighter fatalities:

David “Dave” Ruhl, Acting Assistant District Fire Management Officer
Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest, Alturas, California
Tyron Weston, Firefighter
Columbia Fire Department, Columbia, South Carolina
James Alan Hicks, Captain
North Carolina Air National Guard Fire and Emergency Services, Charlotte, North Carolina

50 on-duty fatalities reported in 2015.

87 on-duty fatalities reported in 2014.

Civilian fatalities

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home fire fatalities reported in 2015.

29 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for July 26 – Aug. 1.


compared to fatalities reported from Jan. 1 - Aug. 1, 2014.

Older adults (65 and over) represent 28 percent of all fatalities.

Pennsylvania leads the nation in reported fatalities with 88.

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