USFA On-Duty Death: Oregon

United States Fire Administration
4 February 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter Austin Smith, 30, of the St. Paul Fire District on 3 February 2022.

On Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, St. Paul Fire District firefighters responded to a 3 alarm barn fire on Champoeg Creek Lane NE. While firefighters worked to put out the fire, an explosion occurred, critically injuring Firefighter Austin Smith. He was immediately flown to the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland, OR, where he passed away a short time later. Investigation into the incident continues. 

Age: 30
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: February 3, 2022 4:10 a.m.
Date of death: February 3, 2022
Cause of death: Other
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Storage

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 14.

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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