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Summary Incident Report

Report dates:
Jan 1, 1990 to Jul 28, 2022
Number of on-duty firefighter fatalities:
3,706
Count of Hometown Heroes:
246
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Firefighter classifications

47.2%
1722 Volunteer
44.8%
1636 Career
2%
74 Wildland Contract
1.7%
63 Wildland Full-Time
1.5%
56 Wildland Part-Time
1.3%
48 Paid-on-Call
1.1%
41 Part-Time (Paid)
0.22%
8 Industrial
Number of multiple firefighter fatality incidents: 144
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with wildland incidents: 193

Type of duty

41.2%
1506 On-Scene Fire
17.1%
625 Other On-Duty
14.4%
525 Responding
10.3%
376 On-Scene Non-Fire
7.9%
289 Training
7.4%
270 After
1.8%
64 Returning
Percent of fatalities related to emergency duty: 61.2%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with suspicious/incendiary incidents: 438

Type of incident

34%
956 Structure Fire
21.7%
610 Not Incident-Related
16.3%
457 Wildland
7.5%
211 Motor Vehicle Accident
7.3%
206 Other
5%
141 Emergency Medical Services
2.7%
76 Outside Fire
1.1%
31 False Alarm
0.89%
25 Vehicle Fire
0.89%
25 Unknown
0.82%
23 Technical Rescue
0.78%
22 Hazmat
0.75%
21 Weather/Disaster Response
0.21%
6 Rescue/Extrication

Cause of fatal injury

42.1%
1541 Stress/Overexertion
12.8%
467 Struck By
11.4%
419 Collapse
9.6%
352 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
9.4%
345 Caught or Trapped
5.9%
216 Exposure
3.5%
130 Other
3.3%
122 Fall
0.6%
22 Unknown
0.52%
19 Lost
0.25%
9 Assault
0.22%
8 Out of Air
0.16%
6 Contact With
0.16%
6 Suicide

Nature of fatal injury

39.8%
1466 Heart Attack
34.2%
1260 Trauma
7.5%
275 Asphyxiation
5%
186 Burns
3.5%
128 Other
2.8%
105 Covid-19
2.5%
93 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.3%
47 Crushed
0.9%
33 Electrocution
0.87%
32 Drowning
0.76%
28 Violence
0.57%
21 Unknown
0.33%
12 Heat Exhaustion

Age of firefighter when the fatal injury was sustained

3.1%
115 (Under 21)
5.4%
201 (21 to 25)
6.2%
231 (26 to 30)
15.7%
581 (31 to 40)
22.2%
822 (41 to 50)
20.3%
754 (51 to 60)
14.8%
548 (61 and Over)
12.3%
454 (Unknown)
Percent of firefighter fatalities age 40 and under: 34.7%

Type of activity

18%
609 Other
15.8%
534 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
15.2%
514 Search and Rescue
7.8%
264 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
6.1%
207 Not On Scene
5.3%
178 In-Station Duties
5%
169 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
4.2%
142 Support
3.6%
123 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
3.4%
116 EMS/Patient Care
2.4%
80 Incident Command
2.3%
76 Fitness Activity
2%
69 Unknown
1.9%
64 Scene Safety
1.8%
61 Water Supply
1.1%
37 Ventilation
1%
34 Responding
0.98%
33 Pump Operations
0.68%
23 Standby
0.47%
16 Setup
0.36%
12 Salvage and Overhaul
0.27%
9 Extrication
0.18%
6 Forcible Entry

Time of fatal injury

3.2%
120 01:00-02:59
2.2%
83 03:00-04:59
3.1%
114 05:00-06:59
5.5%
203 07:00-08:59
14.7%
545 09:00-10:59
5.9%
218 11:00-12:59
6.9%
256 13:00-14:59
7.5%
278 15:00-16:59
8.3%
306 17:00-18:59
6.3%
235 19:00-20:59
5.6%
206 21:00-22:59
3.2%
118 23:00-00:59
27.6%
1024 Unknown

Month of the year

16.3%
603 September
8.7%
323 August
8.5%
315 January
8.5%
314 March
8.2%
305 June
7.9%
294 April
7.9%
293 July
7.6%
280 December
7.5%
279 February
7%
258 November
6.2%
228 October
5.8%
214 May

Firefighter fatalities by state by location of fire service organization

0.04%
1 APO
1.8%
51 Alabama
0.18%
5 Alaska
0.07%
2 American Samoa
2.1%
59 Arizona
1.1%
31 Arkansas
6.1%
171 California
1.1%
31 Colorado
1.2%
35 Connecticut
0.43%
12 Delaware
0.14%
4 District of Columbia
2.4%
67 Florida
2%
57 Georgia
0.04%
1 Guam
0.18%
5 Hawaii
1%
29 Idaho
2.8%
80 Illinois
1.7%
48 Indiana
0.68%
19 Iowa
1.4%
40 Kansas
2.1%
60 Kentucky
1.1%
30 Louisiana
0.6%
17 Maine
1.7%
48 Maryland
1.4%
39 Massachusetts
2.1%
58 Michigan
0.57%
16 Minnesota
1.8%
50 Mississippi
2.2%
63 Missouri
1.1%
30 Montana
0.68%
19 Nebraska
0.53%
15 Nevada
0.53%
15 New Hampshire
3.1%
88 New Jersey
1%
29 New Mexico
19%
533 New York
4.1%
115 North Carolina
0.11%
3 North Dakota
0.04%
1 Northern Mariana Islands
3.1%
88 Ohio
1.2%
35 Oklahoma
2.1%
58 Oregon
6.5%
182 Pennsylvania
0.07%
2 Puerto Rico
0.32%
9 Rhode Island
1.9%
54 South Carolina
0.46%
13 South Dakota
1.6%
46 Tennessee
5.3%
149 Texas
0.53%
15 Utah
0.28%
8 Vermont
0.07%
2 Virgin Islands
1.5%
42 Virginia
1.2%
35 Washington
1.4%
38 West Virginia
1.5%
43 Wisconsin
0.5%
14 Wyoming