Firefighter fatality in Arkansas

The following information was distributed by the International Association of Wildland Fire’s Firenet listserv.

Name: Chris Adams

Rank: Ranger 1 (Firefighter)

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Status: Wildland, Full-time

Years of Service: 2

Date of Incident: 02 August 2010

Time of Incident: approximately 1030 hours

Date of Death: 02 August 2010

Fire Department: Arkansas Forestry Commission

Address: 3821 West Roosevelt Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204

Fire Department Chief: State Forester John T. Shannon

Incident Description: Firefighter Chris Adams was operating an Arkansas Forestry Commission 2002 International tractor trailer, and was en route to check on the status of an earlier fire. The tractor trailer load reportedly shifted causing the vehicle to cross the roadway center line, go into a ditch and then overturn. The accident is under investigation and undetermined at this time. Adams was reportedly wearing a seatbelt.

Incident Location: The accident occurred on Highway 360, approximately one-half mile east of Highway 29 in Lafayette County, east of Bradley in southeastern Arkansas.

Our condolences go out to his family and co-workers.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.