USFA On- Duty Death: Arizona

United States Fire Administration
13 April 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter/EMT Brendan Bessee, 24, of the Salt River Fire Department on 8 April 2022.

On Friday, April 8, 2022, Firefighter/EMT Brendan Bessee was driving an ambulance responding to a 9-1-1 call, with a co-worker. They turned left off of McDowell RD, onto Beeline Highway. After crossing the southbound lanes they were hit by a semi-truck going north. Firefighter/EMT Bessee was pronounced deceased at the scene. The coworker was rushed to the hospital and is listed in critical condition. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Age: 24
Rank: Firefighter/EMT
Classification: Career
Incident date: April 8, 2022 12:30 p.m.
Date of death: April 8, 2022
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision – Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Street/Road

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 37.

Go here to read the number of interior line of duty deaths for 2022.

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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