Alabama Fire Chief Killed in Response Crash

By Bill Carey
22 February 2023

WINSTON COUNTY, Ala. – An Alabama fire chief died on 19 February in a crash while responding to a fire, according to local news sources.

The Northwest Alabamian reported that Pebble Fire Chief Steve Smith was riding his motorcycle when it left the roadway and struck a culvert. Chief Smith was transported to Lakeland Community Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

WRBC stated that Smith, 46, was chief for 10 years and had begun working for the fire department in 1988.

Deaths involving firefighters driving personal vehicles have dropped significantly in 10 years. In 2022 there were only two deaths recorded and only one of those two involved responding to a call. It should be noted that both crashes were due to the driver having a medical emergency [1].

1. Carey, B. (2023, January 26) Ohio Firefighter Dies after Fire Engine Crash – 2022 Driving Deaths Data Not Drama

Photograph courtesy of WBRC/Facebook.

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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