USFA On-Duty Death: California

United States Fire Administration
29 October 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Assistant Fire Engine Operator Marcus Pacheco, 53, of the United States Forest Service-Lassen National Forest on 2 September 2021.

While assigned to the Dixie Fire, Aug. 10-29, 2021, Assistant Fire Engine Operator Marcus Pacheco had close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual. He became ill and tested positive for the virus on Aug. 29, 2021. Assistant Fire Engine Operator Pacheco passed away due to complications from the virus on Sept. 2, 2021.

Age: 53
Rank: Assistant Fire Engine Operator
Classification: Wildland Full-Time
Incident date: August 29, 2021
Date of death: September 2, 2021
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Covid-19
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 110.

Go here to read the numbers of on-duty deaths due to COVID-19.

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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