USFA On-Duty Death: California

United States Fire Administration
11 May 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Wildland Firefighter Darin Banks, 26, of Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression, Inc. on 6 May 2022.

On Friday, May 6, 2022, Wildland Firefighter Darin Banks was assigned to a Type II Initial Attack Hand Crew working to prepare an area for a prescribed burning in Tuolumne County. While working the area, he was hit by a dead tree that fell. He was transported down the hill to the medics where CPR was performed. All life-saving measures were unsuccessful and he was pronounced deceased.

Age: 26
Rank: Wildland Firefighter
Classification: Wildland Contract
Incident date: May 6, 2022 4:45 p.m.
Date of death: May 6, 2022
Cause of death: Contact With
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Setup
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 44.

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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