United States Fire Administration
26 August 2021
EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter/Squad Boss Frumencio Ruiz Carapia, 56, of GE Forestry on 23 August 2021.
On Monday, August 23, 2021, while working at the Gales Wildland Fire, Firefighter/Squad Boss Frumencio Ruiz Carapia was killed when he was struck by a falling tree.
Rank: Firefighter/Squad Boss
Classification: Wildland Contract
Incident date: August 23, 2021
Date of death: August 23, 2021
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property
The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 76.
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.”