San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Jonathan Baxter said a firefighter was struck by a hose while responding to a fire downtown Monday. (SFFD video screenshot)

San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Jonathan Baxter said a firefighter was struck by a hose while responding to a fire downtown Monday. (SFFD video screenshot)

SFFD firefighter in critical condition after injury on the job

San Francisco Firefighter Matt Vann is in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital after sustaining life-threatening injuries while responding to a high rise fire Monday afternoon.

First responders from Station No. 1, including Vann, responded to a fire on the 19th floor of a building at 55 Spear Street at 3:30 p.m., where they used “standard protocols” to resolve the incident, according to Lt. Jonathan Baxter, a spokesman for the San Francisco Fire Department.

Vann was “inadvertently struck” by a hose line towards the end of the response at roughly the same time that a Muni bus drove through the “incident operational area,” according to Baxter.

The collision knocked Vann to the ground, where he hit his head and was rendered unconscious and unable to breathe. He was transported by his fellow firefighters to SFGH.

Details on what role the Muni bus played in causing the hose line t to hit he firefighter remain unclear, and Baxter did not directly link the two.

The San Francisco Police Department will lead the investigation to determine what transpired.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency was made aware of the incident shortly before 4 p.m., according to spokesperson Kristen Holland.

“We are coordinating with SFPD on their investigation. We’re also receiving regular updates from our partners at SFFD and share their concern and hope for the firefighter’s full recovery,” she said. “According to our standard procedure, the Muni operator will be drug tested and placed on non-driving status pending the outcome of the investigation.”

All Muni vehicles were rerouted to avoid the area.

The family and girlfriend of Vann have been notified.

“Matt is a beloved member of our department who has been active for six years,” Baxter said.

Bay Area NewsBreaking Newssan francisco newsTransit

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

Nicole Canedo looks at her City-issued Medical Reimbursement Account page on her computer outside her Berkeley apartment on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Canedo has worked numerous retail jobs in The City and the MRA has helped her with health costs. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Millions left sitting in medical reimbursement accounts by city workers

Health officials looking at how to improve access, outreach as untapped funds reach $409M

Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF moves into purple tier, triggering curfew and business shutdowns

San Francisco moved into the state’s purple COVID-19 tier Saturday, requiring The… Continue reading

Indecline, an art activist collective in San Francisco, transformed a billboard into an editorial with a message blasting immigration policies of Donald Trump’s administration. (Screenshot, Indecline website)
Has immigration fallen off the administration’s radar? Not a chance

Enforced as executive orders, Trump’s hardline policies are proceeding, against will of the people

University of San Francisco head coach Todd Golden coaches his team on defense during a 2019 gameat War Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of the University of San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Stunner in Bubbleville: USF upsets fourth-ranked Virginia

Less than 48 hours removed from a loss to a feeble UMass… Continue reading

A dinner at three Michelin Stars restaurant The French Laundry in Yountville, Napa Valley has highlighted Gov. Gavin Newsom’s relationship with a well-known lobbyist. (Leonard Zhukovsky/Shutterstock)
The lobbyist who led Gavin Newsom to the French Laundry has a history of controversy

Lara Korte and Sophia Bollag The Sacramento Bee When photos circulated earlier… Continue reading

Most Read