Name of Firefighter Killed on the Mendocino Complex Has Been Released
The name of the firefighter who died yesterday has been released. Draper City Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, age 42. He leaves behind a wife and son.
According to the Draper City Fire Department Facebook page,
Battalion Chief Matt Burchett was injured last night while working on the Mendocino fire near the community of Pillsbury, California. Advanced life support care was given immediately by crews on site. Within 40 minutes, Matt was airlifted by a Medevac helicopter to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
For any line-of-duty deaths there is always an investigation. Cal Fire has a Serious Accident Review Team that will be conducting the investigation.
…Draper City’s Fire Chief Clint Smith is out of the country and he has given us his statement about this tragic event
“Draper City Fire Department has no words to describe the depth of sorrow we are feeling upon learning of the death of Battalion Chief Matt Burchett while assisting with the devastating California Wildfires. Matt is a true hero who has given the ultimate sacrifice while serving others. Matt is a strong leader and experienced wildland firefighter who always put the safety and needs of his subordinates first, but most of all, Matt was a devoted husband and loving father. His family was his world. We are grateful to those fellow firefighters that were with Matt and for the immediate aid they were able to render. We pray for all firefighters, friend and family affected by this tragic loss. This event has rocked our small department to its very core but we will work to honor Matt’s legacy and sacrifice and care for his family.”