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USFA: California On-Duty Death

A fatal fall during training

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Cortez, 42, of the San Francisco Fire Department on October 7, 2020.

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Cortez was participating in a drill at the Mission District Training Facility when he was injured. Paramedics started immediate care and transported him to the San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Center where he succumbed to his injuries just before 1100hrs. An investigation into this accident is underway and the cause of his death has not yet been determined.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/Paramedic Cortez at

To date, 69 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2020. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

FirefighterNation: San Francisco Firefighter/Paramedic Dies After Fall During Training