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Summary Incident Report

Report dates:
Jun 27, 1990 to Jul 29, 2019
Number of on-duty firefighter fatalities:
25
Count of Hometown Heroes:
0
Data filters that contributed to this report
Gender Male

Firefighter classifications

29.2%
7 Career
25%
6 Wildland Contract
20.8%
5 Wildland Part-Time
16.7%
4 Wildland Full-Time
8.3%
2 Volunteer
Number of multiple firefighter fatality incidents: 2
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with wildland incidents: 15

Type of duty

72%
18 On-Scene Fire
20%
5 Other On-Duty
8%
2 Training
Percent of fatalities related to emergency duty: 64%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with suspicious/incendiary incidents: 0

Type of incident

79.2%
19 Wildland
16.7%
4 Not Incident-Related
4.2%
1 Outside Fire

Cause of fatal injury

33.3%
8 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
25%
6 Struck By
12.5%
3 Exposure
12.5%
3 Caught or Trapped
12.5%
3 Stress/Overexertion
4.2%
1 Other

Nature of fatal injury

62.5%
15 Trauma
16.7%
4 Burns
12.5%
3 Heart Attack
4.2%
1 Asphyxiation
4.2%
1 Heat Exhaustion

Age of firefighter when the fatal injury was sustained

4%
1 (Under 21)
12%
3 (21 to 25)
8%
2 (26 to 30)
24%
6 (31 to 40)
12%
3 (41 to 50)
16%
4 (51 to 60)
16%
4 (61 and Over)
8%
2 (Unknown)
Percent of firefighter fatalities age 40 and under: 52.2%

Type of activity

30%
6 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
20%
4 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
20%
4 Other
10%
2 Support
5%
1 Search and Rescue
5%
1 Not On Scene
5%
1 Scene Safety
5%
1 Fitness Activity

Time of fatal injury

4%
1 01:00-02:59
0%
0 03:00-04:59
4%
1 05:00-06:59
0%
0 07:00-08:59
20%
5 09:00-10:59
0%
0 11:00-12:59
8%
2 13:00-14:59
8%
2 15:00-16:59
12%
3 17:00-18:59
4%
1 19:00-20:59
0%
0 21:00-22:59
4%
1 23:00-00:59
36%
9 Unknown

Month of the year

20%
5 July
16%
4 September
16%
4 October
12%
3 June
12%
3 August
8%
2 April
4%
1 March
4%
1 February
4%
1 May
4%
1 December

Firefighter fatalities by state by location of fire service organization

100%
24 California