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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

USFA LODD: Oregon Firefighter/Smokejumper On-Duty Death Notification 12.19.2016

Firefighter/Smokejumper  Ray Rubio, 52, passed away in the Grandview Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama, from injuries he suffered in a fall on November 23, 2016. Rubio, a Smokejumper (RAC 95) with the Redmond Air Center (RAC) - Deschutes National Forest, had been assigned to the Southeast during an outbreak of multiple large fires in the region. Firefighter Rubio was reported to have been in travel status on his way home to Oregon and staying overnight in Birmingham at the time of his injury.
Our condolences to the Rubio Family & Friends, Redmond Smokejumpers - Redmond Air Center Deschutes National Forest, and to all affected by Firefighter/Smokejumper Ray Rubio’s passing.   
To date, 85 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016. Yea-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) Fatality Notices page.

(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; This is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.) 

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