USFA On-Duty Death: Kansas

United States Fire Administration
18 August 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter Joshua Schwindt, 42, of the Morton County Fire Department on 15 August 2021.

On Sunday, August 15, 2021, Firefighter Joshua Schwindt responded to a vehicle rollover accident.  While searching for victims, he came in contact with downed power lines and was electrocuted.  Emergency responders at the scene immediately performed CPR.  Firefighter Schwindt was rushed to the Morton County Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.  Firefighter Schwindt was also a member of the Rolla Volunteer Fire Department in Rolla, Kansas.

Age: 42
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: August 15, 2021 5:52 p.m.
Date of death: August 15, 2021
Cause of death: Contact With
Nature of death: Electrocution
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Street/Road

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 73.

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.”

Kansas Firefighter Killed, Electrocuted at Crash Scene

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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