Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Firefighter Fatality

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

Name: Neal W. Smith
Rank: Captain
Age: 46
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 5
Date of Incident: 09/15/2012
Time of Incident: unknown
Date of Death: 09/17/2012

Fire Department: Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 7642 Farmingham Road, Atascocita, TX  77346
Fire Department Chief: William Bivens

Incident Description: On Saturday, September 15, during a smoke diver class designed to train firefighters advanced survival skills in full gear, Captain Neal Smith passed out from a heat-related illness.  He was transported to a hospital during which CPR was administered.  Captain Smith remained in critical condition until Monday, September 17, when he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 6:30 p.m.  Doctors reportedly determined that Captain Smith's body temperature was more than 106 degrees.
Incident Location: Beaumont Emergency Services Training Complex

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Captain Neal Smith at
To date, 58 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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