USFA: California On-Duty Death

Laffan suffered prolonged cardiac arrest

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Interim Assistant Fire Chief Sean D. Laffan, 42, of the Oakland Fire Department on November 16, 2020.

Interim Assistant Fire Chief Sean Laffan collapsed in an office of the Oakland Fire Department’s administrative building. Staff on-site began performing life-saving measures until Laffan was taken by ambulance to Summit Medical Center in Oakland. Later that evening, Laffan suffered a prolonged cardiac arrest and, despite all resuscitative efforts, passed away.

Tribute is being paid to Interim Assistant Fire Chief Laffan at

To date, 76 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.

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