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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Reno, NV

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The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

Name: David Jamsa

Rank: Pilot

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Status: Wildland Contract

Years of Service: 4

Date of Incident: 08/20/2009

Time of Incident: 1545hrs

Date of Death: 08/20/2009

Fire Department: U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management - Nevada State Office

Address: 1340 Financial BLVD, Reno, NV 89502

Fire Department Chief: Director Ron Wenker

Incident Description: A single engine air tanker (SEAT) crashed in the Clan Alpine Mountains of Churchill County on Thursday (8/20) dropping fire retardant on the Hoyt Fire.  The pilot, Dave Jamsa, was transported by helicopter to medical facilities in Lovelock, Nevada, where he was pronounced dead.  The aircraft was an Air Tractor AT-802A, owned by Minuteman Aerial Application, Inc., of Missoula, Montana.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have an investigation team in-route.

Incident Location: Clan Alpine Mountains, Churchill County Nevada

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Pilot David Jamsa at

To date, 64 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 62 from incidents that occurred in 2009 and two from previous year incidents.  Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @


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