USFA On-Duty Death: North Carolina

United States Fire Administration
13 August 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter Derek Poole, 33, of the Catawba Volunteer Fire Department on 9 August 2021.

On April 15, 2007, Firefighter Derek Poole was returning to the fire station in his privately owned vehicle, from the scene of an arson fire set in the woods, when he missed a stop sign at the road’s intersection and crashed into another vehicle.  Firefighter Poole was ejected from the car.  He passed away on Monday, August 9, 2021, from the injuries he sustained in the accident.  Firefighter Poole was also a member of the West Iredell Fire Department.

Age: 33
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 15, 2007 12:15 a.m.
Date of death: August 9, 2021
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision – Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Vacant Property

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 67.

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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