United States Fire Administration
2 November 2021
EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Liaison Officer Allen Johnson, 68, of the United States Forest Service, Stanislaus National Forest on 31 August 2021.
While assigned to the French Fire near Kernville, CA, Liaison Officer Allen Johnson became ill and tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 24, 2021. There were other confirmed cases of the virus on the French Fire. Liaison Officer Johnson was placed in isolation at the incident and transported to the hospital on Aug. 31, 2021 where he passed away.
Rank: Liaison Officer
Classification: Wildland Part-Time
Incident date: August 24, 2021
Date of death: August 31, 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 118.
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.”