It is with deep sadness and regret that I post a firefighter fatality Line of duty death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter/ranger Craig Adams. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Arkansas Forestry Commision.
Classification: Wildland (Full-Time)
Years of Service: 2
Date of Incident: 08/02/2010
Time of Incident: 1755hrs
Date of Death: 08/02/2010
Arkansas Forestry Commission
Department Address: 3821 West Roosevelt Road, Little Rock, AR 72204
Fire Department Chief: State Forester John T. Shannon
Fire Department Website: http://www.forestry.state.ar.us/
Incident Description: Firefighter/Ranger Adams was operating an Arkansas Forestry Commission apparatus, a 2002 International tractor-trailer, and was en route to check on the status of an earlier fire. For a cause still under investigation, the rig reportedly crossed the roadway center line, went into a ditch and overturned. Firefighter/Ranger Adams did not survive the accident.
Incident Location: Westbound on Highway 360, approximately one-half mile east of Highway 29 in Lafayette County).
Funeral Arrangements: Pending. Arrangements are being made with the Smith Funeral Home in Stamps, AR (http://aosmithfuneralhome.com/default.aspx
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In honor of Firefighter/Ranger Chris Adams, c/o Arkansas Forestry Commission, Attn: Human Resources Department, 3821 West Roosevelt Road, Little Rock, AR 72204.
Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/Ranger Chris Adams at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/
To date, 51 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010: 49 from incidents occurring in 2010 and 2 from previous year incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/statistics/index.shtm