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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Douglasville, GA

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

Name: Paul D. Holmes

Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic

Age: 37

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 1

Date of Incident: 12/26/2009

Time of Incident: 2321hrs

Date of Death: 12/28/2009

Fire Department: Douglas County Fire Department

Address: 3901 Chapel Hill Road, Douglasville, GA 30134 (USNG: 16S GC 1164 3111)

Fire Department Chief: Scott Spencer

Incident Description: Firefighter Holmes was responding to a vehicle fire with injuries when the fire department rescue in which he was riding reportedly was struck by a privately owned vehicle that they were attempting to pass; according to news accounts, the rescue vehicle rolled several times, ejecting Holmes. Firefighter Holmes was transported by medivac helicopter to a Level-I trauma center where he was reported to be in stable condition, however, his condition worsened and he subsequently passed away from his injuries. Investigation into the incident continues by the Georgia State Police.

Incident Location: Annewakee Road (USNG: 16S GC 1362 3082, medivac helispot @ 16S GC 119 299)

Funeral Arrangements: Pending, updates will be posted at

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending, updates will be posted at

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/Paramedic Paul D. Holmes at

To date, 89 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 86 from incidents that occurred in 2009 and three from previous year incidents.  Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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