FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
Cedar Fire Incident
Engine 6162 Crew Entrapment,
Fatality, and Burn Injuries
October 29, 2003
In Memory Of
Engineer Steven Rucker
and dedicated to the surviving crewmembers of Engine 6162
and to all firefighters who risk their lives for those they serve.
The Novato Fire District produced this report with hope that the reader
will find within it information worthy of consideration in the ongoing
effort to improve firefighter safety and survival in the wildland interface
The contents of this report relate solely to the operations of Novato
Fire District Engine 6162 from the time of dispatch on October 27, 2003
until the burn over occurred on the Cedar Fire on October 29, 2003. A
careful review of the District equipment, training procedures and policies
that may have played a role in this event was conducted. The results are
included in this report.
The reader is cautioned about forming opinions or coming to conclusions
regarding the contributing factors leading to the burn over of Novato
Engine 6162 on the Cedar incident, based on this report alone. This report
is inconclusive in the sense that only the immediate factors known to
the crew of Engine 6162 have been presented and evaluated.
There are clearly other verifiable and documented contributing factors,
external to the operations of the crew of Engine 6162 , that played a
significant role in the Cedar burn over. Please refer to the California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Cedar Fire – Engine Crew
Entrapment, Fatality, and Burn Injuries report when it is published for
firefighter deserves a round trip,
and to that end we must constantly remind ourselves
that the life of a firefighter is far more valuable
than any forest or structure they may be asked to protect.