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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

USFA LODD: California Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 07.08.2017

On July 8, 2017 Fire Engine Operator William "Bill" Jaros, 38, a crewmember on Engine 312 of the Six Rivers National Forest’s Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area, was on a conditioning hike with several crewmembers when he became ill and collapsed. Immediate life-saving efforts were initiated by his fellow crewmembers; however, they were unable to revive him. The cause of death is under investigation through the Del Norte County Coroner’s office. Conditioning hikes, such as the one Engine 312 crewmembers were participating, are part of the continuing preparedness routine for firefighters.

Our condolences to the Jaros Family & Friends, Six Rivers National Forest - Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area, and to all affected by Fire Engine Operator William "Bill" Jaros’ passing. 

To date, 53 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. Year-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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