Fatal Accident During Routine Training at The Backbone Helibase Update
Incident: Backbone Wildland Fire
Released: 5 hrs. ago(07/21/2009)
U.S. Forest Service � National Incident Management Organization - Atlanta
Klamath National Forest
1312 Fairlane Road, Yreka, CA 96097 � Voice (530) 842-6131 � Web: www.fs.fed.us/r5/klamath
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
3644 Avtech Parkway, Redding, CA 96002 � Voice (530) 226-2500 � Web: www.fs.fed.us/r5/shastatrinity
Six Rivers National Forest
1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501 � Voice (707) 442-1721 � Web: www.fs.fed.us/r5/sixrivers
Release No. FS-07 21 09 (2) July 21, 2009
Fire Information: 530-629-2816
Fatal Accident During Routine Training At the Backbone Helibase Update
WILLOW CREEK, Calif.
- Thomas Marovich, 20, of Hayward California incurred fatal injuries
when falling while performing routine rappel proficiency skill
training, at the Backbone Helibase in Willow Creek.
was a second year apprentice with the Forest Service at the Modoc
National Forest, and was working with the Chester Helitack Crew from
the Lassen National Forest which was assigned to the Backbone Fire at
the time of the accident.
At 10:10 this morning
Marovich fell and incurred fatal injuries while performing the required
training which is conducted at a minimum every 14 days to insure the
crew's safety and skill proficiency.
The individual was provided
advance life support treatment immediately at the scene. The Base
medical staff, the Humboldt County Coroner's Office, and the Humboldt
County Sheriff's Office were involved in the response.
The Forest Service has mobilized an accident investigation team and is working with the National Transportation Safety Board.