USFA On-Duty Death: Oklahoma

United States Fire Administration
10 May 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Captain Jason Smith, 43, of the Balko Fire Department on 8 May 2022.

On Tuesday, April 5, 2022, Captain Jason Smith and Firefighter Tyler Morris from the Balko Fire Department were burned when their truck rolled over in a ditch. The two were operating at the scene of the Beaver River Fire in Beaver County. Both were treated in the burn unit at the University Medical Center in Lubbock, TX. Captain Smith was released from the hospital on April 19, 2022, and had a checkup on April 27, 2022. Captain Smith took a turn for the worse and passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022, from the burn injuries he sustained at the incident.

Age: 43
Rank: Captain
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 5, 2022 6:30 p.m.
Date of death: May 8, 2022
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision – Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Burns
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 43.

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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