USFA On-Duty Death: New York

United States Fire Administration
16 August 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Captain Michael Fischer, 38, of the Island Park Fire Department on 14 August 2022.

On Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, Captain Michael Fischer had participated in a morning training event, then rode on an engine company to where firefighters were holding a fundraiser. Arriving at the event, Captain Fischer went into the bathroom to wash up, then returned to the dining area, when he suffered an apparent heart attack. EMS personnel at the scene performed life-saving measures, but were unsuccessful. Captain Fischer was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Age: 38
Rank: Captain
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: August 14, 2022 2:00 p.m.
Date of death: August 14, 2022
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Public Assembly

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 69.

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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