USFA On-Duty Death: Alabama

United States Fire Administration
23 February 2023

Earlier: Alabama Fire Chief Killed in Response Crash

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Chief Steven Michael Smith, 46, of the Pebble Volunteer Fire Department on 19 February 2023.

On Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023, Chief Steven Michael Smith was responding to a woods fire with a potential residential structure involved. While on his way to the scene, he was involved in a single-vehicle crash in his privately owned vehicle. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased from the injuries he sustained in the crash.

Age: 46
Rank: Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: February 19, 2023 3:30 p.m.
Date of death: February 19, 2023
Cause of fatal injury: Vehicle Collision – Includes Aircraft
Nature of fatal injury: Trauma
Activity type: Responding
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road

The number of on-duty deaths for 2023 currently is 8.

Go here to read the number of interior line of duty deaths for 2023.

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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