USFA On-Duty Death: Pennsylvania (1)

United States Fire Administration
13 December 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Assistant Chief Zachary Paris, 36, of the Community Fire Company of New Tripoli on 7 December 2022.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, Assistant Chief Zachary Paris and Firefighter Marvin Gruber responded to a residential fire with possible entrapment, in West Penn Township. Approximately 1 hour into the fire, maydays were received from these firefighters on the second floor. On scene Rapid Intervention Teams went to rescue the 2 firefighters. They were removed and immediately transported to St. Luke’s Miners Hospital in Coaldale, PA.

Both firefighters were pronounced deceased a short time later. Assistant Chief Zachary Paris was also a career member of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Service. Investigation into the fatal fire is ongoing.

Age: 36
Rank: Assistant Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: December 7, 2022 3:45 p.m.
Date of death: December 7, 2022
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 87.

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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