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Summary Incident Report

Report dates:
Feb 24, 1991 to Feb 13, 2021
Number of on-duty firefighter fatalities:
29
Count of Hometown Heroes:
1
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Firefighter classifications

100%
29 Career
Number of multiple firefighter fatality incidents: 4
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with wildland incidents: 0

Type of duty

72.4%
21 On-Scene Fire
10.3%
3 Other On-Duty
6.9%
2 Training
3.4%
1 After
3.4%
1 Responding
3.4%
1 On-Scene Non-Fire
Percent of fatalities related to emergency duty: 62.1%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with suspicious/incendiary incidents: 0

Type of incident

61.9%
13 Structure Fire
23.8%
5 Not Incident-Related
9.5%
2 Other
4.8%
1 Emergency Medical Services

Cause of fatal injury

34.5%
10 Stress/Overexertion
27.6%
8 Caught or Trapped
13.8%
4 Exposure
13.8%
4 Collapse
10.3%
3 Fall

Nature of fatal injury

41.4%
12 Asphyxiation
27.6%
8 Heart Attack
10.3%
3 Trauma
6.9%
2 Burns
6.9%
2 Cerebrovascular Accident
6.9%
2 Covid-19

Age of firefighter when the fatal injury was sustained

0%
0 (Under 21)
3.4%
1 (21 to 25)
6.9%
2 (26 to 30)
3.4%
1 (31 to 40)
58.6%
17 (41 to 50)
20.7%
6 (51 to 60)
6.9%
2 (61 and Over)
0%
0 (Unknown)
Percent of firefighter fatalities age 40 and under: 13.8%

Type of activity

48.3%
14 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
17.2%
5 Ventilation
6.9%
2 Other
6.9%
2 Salvage and Overhaul
6.9%
2 In-Station Duties
3.4%
1 Not On Scene
3.4%
1 Fitness Activity
3.4%
1 Responding
3.4%
1 Support

Time of fatal injury

3.4%
1 01:00-02:59
20.7%
6 03:00-04:59
3.4%
1 05:00-06:59
6.9%
2 07:00-08:59
0%
0 09:00-10:59
0%
0 11:00-12:59
6.9%
2 13:00-14:59
0%
0 15:00-16:59
3.4%
1 17:00-18:59
20.7%
6 19:00-20:59
0%
0 21:00-22:59
0%
0 23:00-00:59
34.5%
10 Unknown

Month of the year

17.2%
5 February
17.2%
5 January
10.3%
3 October
10.3%
3 April
6.9%
2 December
6.9%
2 May
6.9%
2 July
6.9%
2 August
6.9%
2 June
3.4%
1 November
3.4%
1 September
3.4%
1 March

Firefighter fatalities by state by location of fire service organization

100%
21 Pennsylvania