USFA On-Duty Death: Colorado (2021)

United States Fire Administration
18 January 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Pilot Marc Olson, 59, of CO Fire Aviation on 16 November 2021.

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, Pilot Marc Olson was the sole occupant of a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) that had been ordered by Laminer County to help fight the Kruger Rock Fire. During the mission, the plane crashed, killing Pilot Olson. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Age: 59
Rank: Pilot
Classification: Wildland Contract
Incident date: November 16, 2021 6:35 p.m.
Date of death: November 16, 2021
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision – Includes Aircraft
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 141.

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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