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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Los Angeles, CA

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

Name: Tedmund "Ted" Hall

Rank: Captain

Age: 47

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 26

Date of Incident: 08/30/2009

Time of Incident: 1430hrs

Date of Death: 08/30/2009


Name: Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones

Rank: Firefighter Specialist

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 8

Date of Incident: 08/30/2009

Time of Incident: 1430hrs

Date of Death: 08/30/2009


Fire Department: Los Angeles County Fire Department

Address: 1320 N Eastern AVE, Los Angeles, CA 90063-3244

Fire Department Chief: P. Michael Freeman

Incident Description: Captain Hall and Firefighter Specialist Quinones suffered fatal injuries when they drove off the side of a treacherous road in the Mt. Gleason area, south of Acton. Investigation of the incident continues, but heavy smoke and fire conditions are thought to have contributed to the accident.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Mt. Gleason (USNG: 11S LU 9175 0454)

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address:  Pending

Tribute is being paid to Captain Tedmund “Ted” Hall and Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones at

To date, 69 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 67 from incidents that occurred in 2009 and two from a previous year incident.  Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @


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