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Summary Incident Report

Report dates:
Nov 11, 1990 to Jun 1, 2021
Number of on-duty firefighter fatalities:
28
Count of Hometown Heroes:
1
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Firefighter classifications

92.9%
26 Career
7.1%
2 Volunteer
Number of multiple firefighter fatality incidents: 1
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with wildland incidents: 0

Type of duty

37%
10 On-Scene Fire
22.2%
6 On-Scene Non-Fire
18.5%
5 Other On-Duty
11.1%
3 After
7.4%
2 Training
3.7%
1 Responding
Percent of fatalities related to emergency duty: 60.7%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with suspicious/incendiary incidents: 3

Type of incident

34.8%
8 Wildland
26.1%
6 Not Incident-Related
17.4%
4 Structure Fire
8.7%
2 Other
8.7%
2 Emergency Medical Services
4.3%
1 Technical Rescue

Cause of fatal injury

21.4%
6 Stress/Overexertion
17.9%
5 Struck By
14.3%
4 Fall
14.3%
4 Exposure
10.7%
3 Caught or Trapped
10.7%
3 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
3.6%
1 Other
3.6%
1 Collapse
3.6%
1 Assault

Nature of fatal injury

46.4%
13 Trauma
28.6%
8 Heart Attack
7.1%
2 Burns
7.1%
2 Asphyxiation
7.1%
2 Covid-19
3.6%
1 Violence

Age of firefighter when the fatal injury was sustained

0%
0 (Under 21)
7.1%
2 (21 to 25)
7.1%
2 (26 to 30)
28.6%
8 (31 to 40)
32.1%
9 (41 to 50)
17.9%
5 (51 to 60)
7.1%
2 (61 and Over)
0%
0 (Unknown)
Percent of firefighter fatalities age 40 and under: 42.9%

Type of activity

22.7%
5 EMS/Patient Care
18.2%
4 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
13.6%
3 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
13.6%
3 Other
9.1%
2 Not On Scene
4.5%
1 Salvage and Overhaul
4.5%
1 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
4.5%
1 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
4.5%
1 Fitness Activity
4.5%
1 In-Station Duties

Time of fatal injury

3.6%
1 01:00-02:59
0%
0 03:00-04:59
7.1%
2 05:00-06:59
3.6%
1 07:00-08:59
14.3%
4 09:00-10:59
0%
0 11:00-12:59
14.3%
4 13:00-14:59
0%
0 15:00-16:59
0%
0 17:00-18:59
0%
0 19:00-20:59
3.6%
1 21:00-22:59
7.1%
2 23:00-00:59
46.4%
13 Unknown

Month of the year

25%
7 March
25%
7 August
10.7%
3 January
10.7%
3 July
7.1%
2 February
7.1%
2 April
7.1%
2 June
3.6%
1 November
3.6%
1 September

Firefighter fatalities by state by location of fire service organization

100%
23 California