USFA On-Duty Death: Idaho (2)

United States Fire Administration
29 July 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Pilot Jared Bird, 36, contracted to the Salmon-Challis National Forest on 21 July 2022.

On Thursday, July 21, 2022, Pilots Thomas Hayes and Jared Bird were fighting the Moose fire in Idaho when their helicopter crashed into the Salmon River. Both pilots were transported to the hospital, but died from their injuries a short time later.

Age: 36
Rank: Pilot
Classification: Wildland Contract
Incident date: July 21, 2022 4:45 p.m.
Date of death: July 21, 2022
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 2022 currently is 63.

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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