Responded to a wildland fire. While stretching hose lines, he experienced a medical emergency and collapsed.
United States Fire Administration
The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Chief Emeritus James Krouse, 72, of Colfax Fire Department (WA) on August 28, 2021.
On Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, Chief Emeritus James Krouse responded to a wildland fire. While stretching hose lines, he experienced a medical emergency and collapsed. He was immediately taken to the local hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack.
Tribute is being paid to Chief Emeritus Krouse at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
To date, 79 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2021. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html
Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.