Thursday, July 13, 2017

Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya, 22, died while battling a brush fire near Lakeside, California after a chainsaw hit one of the main arteries in his leg

A Firefighter died in the Line of Duty yesterday from injuries sustained with a chainsaw while battling a brush fire near Lakeside, California. 

A chainsaw hit one of the main arteries in his leg, leading to the death of Firefighter Frank Anaya, an inmate Firefighter in the Line of Duty.

Firefighter Anaya, 22, was working to extinguish a brush fire on July 5, when his leg was severely cut. Other Firefighters at the scene immediately performed advanced life support care and performed CPR. 

He was rushed to a hospital where he underwent multiple surgeries, but succumbed to his injuries at 0430 hours yesterday.

Firefighter Anaya began working in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation fires service program in September 2016. There are about 3,900 volunteer inmates functioning as Firefighters housed in 43 conservation camps operated by CDCR, Cal Fire and the LA County Fire Department. 

The inmate fire crews work in groups of 12 to 17 members. They often work in rugged back country conditions, using hand tools to cut containment lines and stop the spread of wildfires. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace. 


LAKESIDE, CA – A member of an inmate firefighting crew, whose leg and femoral artery were cut while he was working to extinguish a brush fire in the Lakeside area last week, died Tuesday of his injuries.

Frank Anaya was injured while using a chain saw to clear away vegetation at the site of the blaze off Los Coches Road on the afternoon of July 5, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Cal Fire.

The 22-year-old firefighter, who underwent multiple surgeries, succumbed to his injuries about 4:30 Tuesday morning, according to the CDCR.

"We are saddened by the death of Frank Anaya, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends," CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan said. Anaya provided an invaluable public service and helped protect our communities from devastating fires."

Anaya was assigned to the La Cima Conservation Camp while serving a three-year sentence.

Frank Anaya

Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya was treated on scene and taken to the hospital in critical condition on July 5, 2017, after suffering a chainsaw injury to the leg while working a fire near Lakeside, California. Fire crews were clearing brush and working with air crews to successfully defend a threatened mobile home park when the injury occurred. Despite all efforts by medical personnel, Inmate Firefighter Anaya passed away on July 11, 2017. 

Incident Location: Vicinity of Interstate 8-Business and Los Coches Road (U.S. National Grid: 11S NS 0884 3270)

Department Information

PO Box 944246, 1416 9th Street
U.S. National Grid: 10S FH 3093 7079
Sacramento, California 94244-2460

Chief: Director Ken Pimlott

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 22 
Rank: Inmate Firefighter 
Classification: Wildland Part-Time 
Incident date: Jul 5, 2017 13:30
Date of death: Jul 11, 2017 
Cause of death: Other 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland) 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire 
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property