USFA On-Duty Death: Oregon

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.

Age: 56
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.”

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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