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Monday, October 29, 2012

USA Firefighter Fatality Notification, Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit


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

Name: Rob Van Wormer
Rank: Battalion Chief
Age: 47
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 24
Date of Incident: 10/27/2012
Time of Incident: 1900hrs
Date of Death: 10/27/2012

Fire Department: Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit
Address: 15670 Monterey Street, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 (USNG: 10S FG 2099 07912)
Fire Department Chief: Steve Woodill

Incident Description: Chief Van Wormer passed away from a cause still to be determined while on a work assignment in a neighboring jurisdiction.
Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Battalion Chief Rob Van Wormer at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/fatalities/

To date, 63 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @ http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/fatalities/statistics/ff_stats.shtm



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