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The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: CA

It is with deep sadness and regret that I post a firefighter fatality Line of duty death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter/paramedic James Owen. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Orange County Fire Authority.

James M. Owen

Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic

Age: 56

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 30

Date of Incident: 09/16/2010

Time of Incident: 1127hrs

Date of Death: 09/16/2010

Fire Department: Orange County Fire Authority

Address: PO Box 57115, 1 Fire Authority RD, Irvine, CA 92619-7115

Fire Department Chief: Keith Richter

Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: Firefighter/Paramedic Owen was participating in multi-company training at the Orange County Fire Authority Regional Fire Operations Training Center when he fell ill. Crews on scene immediately rendered care and while being assessed Owen went into a full cardiac arrest. Advanced Life Support care was initiated and Firefighter Owen was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where he passed away from a cause still to be reported.

Incident Location: 1 Fire Authority RD

Funeral Arrangements: Information on funeral services will be announced as soon as it becomes available.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/Paramedic James M. Owen at

To date, 58 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 56 from incidents that occurred in 2010 and 2 from previous year incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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