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Summary Incident Report

Report dates:
Jan 5, 2020 to Dec 29, 2020
Number of on-duty firefighter fatalities:
94
Count of Hometown Heroes:
10
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Firefighter classifications

52.1%
49 Career
35.1%
33 Volunteer
4.3%
4 Paid-on-Call
4.3%
4 Part-Time (Paid)
3.2%
3 Wildland Contract
1.1%
1 Wildland Part-Time
Number of multiple firefighter fatality incidents: 2
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with wildland incidents: 4

Type of duty

37.2%
35 Other On-Duty
23.4%
22 On-Scene Fire
22.3%
21 On-Scene Non-Fire
6.4%
6 Responding
6.4%
6 Training
3.2%
3 Returning
1.1%
1 After
Percent of fatalities related to emergency duty: 58.5%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with suspicious/incendiary incidents: 4

Type of incident

26.6%
25 Other
22.3%
21 Structure Fire
19.1%
18 Not Incident-Related
14.9%
14 Emergency Medical Services
6.4%
6 Wildland
4.3%
4 Motor Vehicle Accident
2.1%
2 Hazmat
1.1%
1 Outside Fire
1.1%
1 Weather/Disaster Response
1.1%
1 Technical Rescue
1.1%
1 False Alarm

Cause of fatal injury

36.2%
34 Exposure
25.5%
24 Stress/Overexertion
16%
15 Unknown
11.7%
11 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
3.2%
3 Struck By
2.1%
2 Fall
2.1%
2 Collapse
1.1%
1 Other
1.1%
1 Out of Air
1.1%
1 Caught or Trapped

Nature of fatal injury

36.2%
34 Covid-19
23.4%
22 Heart Attack
18.1%
17 Trauma
16%
15 Unknown
3.2%
3 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.1%
1 Drowning
1.1%
1 Burns
1.1%
1 Other

Age of firefighter when the fatal injury was sustained

1.1%
1 (Under 21)
3.2%
3 (21 to 25)
7.4%
7 (26 to 30)
11.7%
11 (31 to 40)
30.9%
29 (41 to 50)
24.5%
23 (51 to 60)
21.3%
20 (61 and Over)
0%
0 (Unknown)
Percent of firefighter fatalities age 40 and under: 23.4%

Type of activity

24.5%
23 In-Station Duties
13.8%
13 EMS/Patient Care
13.8%
13 Other
11.7%
11 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
6.4%
6 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
4.3%
4 Fitness Activity
3.2%
3 Search and Rescue
3.2%
3 Scene Safety
3.2%
3 Responding
3.2%
3 Water Supply
2.1%
2 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
2.1%
2 Support
2.1%
2 Not On Scene
2.1%
2 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
1.1%
1 Incident Command
1.1%
1 Pump Operations
1.1%
1 Extrication
1.1%
1 Unknown

Time of fatal injury

5.3%
5 01:00-02:59
6.4%
6 03:00-04:59
3.2%
3 05:00-06:59
10.6%
10 07:00-08:59
3.2%
3 09:00-10:59
8.5%
8 11:00-12:59
7.4%
7 13:00-14:59
10.6%
10 15:00-16:59
6.4%
6 17:00-18:59
2.1%
2 19:00-20:59
8.5%
8 21:00-22:59
1.1%
1 23:00-00:59
26.6%
25 Unknown

Month of the year

14.9%
14 April
13.8%
13 August
13.8%
13 December
10.6%
10 September
10.6%
10 November
9.6%
9 January
5.3%
5 March
5.3%
5 May
4.3%
4 February
4.3%
4 July
4.3%
4 October
3.2%
3 June

Firefighter fatalities by state by location of fire service organization

2.1%
2 Alabama
1.1%
1 Alaska
2.1%
2 American Samoa
7.4%
7 California
2.1%
2 Colorado
1.1%
1 Connecticut
3.2%
3 Florida
4.3%
4 Georgia
1.1%
1 Hawaii
1.1%
1 Idaho
5.3%
5 Illinois
3.2%
3 Indiana
1.1%
1 Kansas
1.1%
1 Kentucky
1.1%
1 Maine
7.4%
7 Michigan
1.1%
1 Minnesota
4.3%
4 Missouri
1.1%
1 Montana
1.1%
1 Nebraska
1.1%
1 New Hampshire
2.1%
2 New Jersey
6.4%
6 New York
5.3%
5 North Carolina
1.1%
1 Ohio
1.1%
1 Oklahoma
1.1%
1 Oregon
8.5%
8 Pennsylvania
1.1%
1 Tennessee
10.6%
10 Texas
1.1%
1 Virginia
1.1%
1 Washington
6.4%
6 West Virginia
1.1%
1 Wisconsin