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Summary Incident Report

Report dates:
Jan 1, 1990 to Jan 23, 2022
Number of on-duty firefighter fatalities:
3,651
Count of Hometown Heroes:
240
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Firefighter classifications

47.3%
1699 Volunteer
44.8%
1610 Career
2%
71 Wildland Contract
1.8%
63 Wildland Full-Time
1.6%
56 Wildland Part-Time
1.3%
46 Paid-on-Call
1.1%
40 Part-Time (Paid)
0.22%
8 Industrial
Number of multiple firefighter fatality incidents: 140
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with wildland incidents: 190

Type of duty

41.5%
1493 On-Scene Fire
16.9%
609 Other On-Duty
14.4%
520 Responding
10.1%
362 On-Scene Non-Fire
7.9%
286 Training
7.5%
270 After
1.7%
60 Returning
Percent of fatalities related to emergency duty: 61.1%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with suspicious/incendiary incidents: 437

Type of incident

34.5%
951 Structure Fire
21.4%
589 Not Incident-Related
16.1%
444 Wildland
7.5%
207 Other
7.4%
203 Motor Vehicle Accident
4.8%
133 Emergency Medical Services
2.8%
76 Outside Fire
1.1%
31 False Alarm
0.94%
26 Unknown
0.91%
25 Vehicle Fire
0.83%
23 Technical Rescue
0.8%
22 Hazmat
0.69%
19 Weather/Disaster Response
0.22%
6 Rescue/Extrication

Cause of fatal injury

41.9%
1510 Stress/Overexertion
12.8%
463 Struck By
11.5%
414 Collapse
9.5%
343 Caught or Trapped
9.5%
343 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
5.8%
211 Exposure
3.6%
129 Other
3.3%
118 Fall
0.91%
33 Unknown
0.44%
16 Lost
0.25%
9 Assault
0.19%
7 Out of Air
0.17%
6 Suicide
0.14%
5 Contact With

Nature of fatal injury

39.7%
1443 Heart Attack
34.3%
1246 Trauma
7.4%
270 Asphyxiation
5%
182 Burns
3.4%
123 Other
2.8%
101 Covid-19
2.5%
90 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.2%
43 Crushed
0.91%
33 Electrocution
0.85%
31 Drowning
0.85%
31 Unknown
0.74%
27 Violence
0.3%
11 Heat Exhaustion

Age of firefighter when the fatal injury was sustained

3.2%
116 (Under 21)
5.3%
195 (21 to 25)
6.2%
228 (26 to 30)
15.6%
569 (31 to 40)
22.2%
811 (41 to 50)
20.4%
743 (51 to 60)
14.7%
535 (61 and Over)
12.4%
454 (Unknown)
Percent of firefighter fatalities age 40 and under: 34.7%

Type of activity

18.1%
600 Other
15.9%
528 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
15.4%
512 Search and Rescue
7.8%
259 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
6.3%
208 Not On Scene
5.1%
168 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
5.1%
168 In-Station Duties
4.2%
141 Support
3.7%
123 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
3.2%
107 EMS/Patient Care
2.3%
78 Incident Command
2.3%
75 Fitness Activity
2.1%
69 Unknown
1.8%
61 Scene Safety
1.8%
59 Water Supply
1.1%
37 Ventilation
0.96%
32 Pump Operations
0.84%
28 Responding
0.69%
23 Standby
0.45%
15 Setup
0.39%
13 Salvage and Overhaul
0.33%
11 Extrication
0.18%
6 Forcible Entry

Time of fatal injury

3.3%
119 01:00-02:59
2.2%
81 03:00-04:59
3%
108 05:00-06:59
5.5%
201 07:00-08:59
15%
546 09:00-10:59
5.8%
212 11:00-12:59
6.8%
249 13:00-14:59
7.4%
271 15:00-16:59
8.2%
299 17:00-18:59
6.4%
232 19:00-20:59
5.6%
205 21:00-22:59
3.1%
114 23:00-00:59
27.8%
1014 Unknown

Month of the year

16.5%
603 September
8.8%
323 August
8.5%
311 January
8.4%
305 March
8.2%
298 June
7.8%
285 April
7.8%
285 July
7.7%
280 December
7.4%
269 February
7.1%
258 November
6.2%
228 October
5.6%
206 May

Firefighter fatalities by state by location of fire service organization

0.04%
1 APO
1.7%
47 Alabama
0.18%
5 Alaska
0.07%
2 American Samoa
2.1%
57 Arizona
1.1%
31 Arkansas
6.1%
167 California
1.1%
29 Colorado
1.2%
34 Connecticut
0.4%
11 Delaware
0.15%
4 District of Columbia
2.3%
64 Florida
2.1%
57 Georgia
0.04%
1 Guam
0.18%
5 Hawaii
0.98%
27 Idaho
2.9%
80 Illinois
1.7%
47 Indiana
0.69%
19 Iowa
1.4%
39 Kansas
2.1%
59 Kentucky
1.1%
30 Louisiana
0.62%
17 Maine
1.6%
45 Maryland
1.4%
39 Massachusetts
2.1%
57 Michigan
0.54%
15 Minnesota
1.8%
49 Mississippi
2.3%
62 Missouri
1.1%
30 Montana
0.65%
18 Nebraska
0.54%
15 Nevada
0.54%
15 New Hampshire
3.2%
87 New Jersey
0.98%
27 New Mexico
19.2%
530 New York
4%
111 North Carolina
0.11%
3 North Dakota
0.04%
1 Northern Mariana Islands
3.1%
86 Ohio
1.2%
33 Oklahoma
2.1%
57 Oregon
6.5%
179 Pennsylvania
0.07%
2 Puerto Rico
0.33%
9 Rhode Island
2%
54 South Carolina
0.47%
13 South Dakota
1.6%
44 Tennessee
5.3%
146 Texas
0.54%
15 Utah
0.29%
8 Vermont
0.07%
2 Virgin Islands
1.5%
41 Virginia
1.3%
35 Washington
1.3%
37 West Virginia
1.6%
43 Wisconsin
0.51%
14 Wyoming