Fire Engineering Training Community

Where firefighters come to talk training

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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 21st & 22nd Line Of Duty Deaths for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Contract Pilot Brandon Ricks and Brother Firefighter Forestry Technician Steve Cobb have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the United States Forest Service - National Forests in Mississippi.

Brandon Ricks

Rank: Pilot
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland Contract

Steve Cobb

Rank: Forest Service Engineering Technician
Age: 55
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland Contract

Date of Incident: 03/30/2015
Time of Incident: 1457hrs
Date of Death: 03/30/2015

Fire Department: United States Forest Service - National Forests in Mississippi
Address: Suite 500-N, 200 S Lamar ST, Jackson, MS 39201
Fire Department Chief: Forest Supervisor Gretta Boley

Incident Description: The pilot and one firefighter died of injuries sustained and one firefighter was seriously injured when their U.S. Forest Service helicopter crashed while monitoring a controlled burn of about 800 acres in the Desoto National Forest.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Airey Tower and Martha Redmond roads, MS

Tribute is being paid to Pilot Brandon Ricks and Forest Service Engineering Technician Steve Cobb at

To date, 22 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2015. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Views: 210


You need to be a member of Fire Engineering Training Community to add comments!

Join Fire Engineering Training Community

Policy Page


Our contributors' posts are not vetted by the Fire Engineering technical board, and reflect the views and opinions of the individual authors. Anyone is welcome to participate.

For vetted content, please go to

Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton
We are excited to have you participate in our discussions and interactive forums. Before you begin posting, please take a moment to read our policy page. -- Bobby Halton

Be Alert for Spam
We actively monitor the community for spam, however some does slip through. Please use common sense and caution when clicking links. If you suspect you've been hit by spam, e-mail

FE Podcasts

Check out the most recent episode and schedule of

© 2021   Created by fireeng.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service