USFA On-Duty Death: Maryland

United States Fire Administration
12 August 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Captain Joshua D. Laird, 46, of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services on 11 August 2021.

On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, Captain Joshua D. Laird responded to a residential fire.  While working to extinguish the fire, he fell through the first floor into the basement.  Rescue efforts were initiated and fellow emergency responders located and removed him from the structure.  He was found to be in cardiac arrest and was immediately rushed to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, via Maryland State Police Aviation, but was unable to be revived from the injuries he sustained.

Age: 46
Rank: Captain
Classification: Career
Incident date: August 11, 2021 4:48 p.m.
Date of death: August 11, 2021
Cause of death: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 65.

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

For more information about on-duty deaths as recorded by the United States Fire Administration go to “Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.”

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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