Summary incident report

Report Dates: Jan 1, 1990 to Oct 17, 2017
Number of On-Duty Firefighter Fatalities: 3243
Count of Hometown Heroes: 186

Firefighter Classifications

48.1%
 
1530 Volunteer
44.8%
 
1426 Career
1.8%
 
57 Wildland Full-Time
1.8%
 
56 Wildland Contract
1.5%
 
49 Wildland Part-Time
0.94%
 
30 Paid-on-Call
0.82%
 
26 Part-Time (Paid)
0.25%
 
8 Industrial
Number of Multiple Firefighter Fatality Incidents: 133
Number of Firefighter Fatalities Associated with Wildland Incidents: 162

Type of Duty

43.1%
 
1366 On-Scene Fire
15.5%
 
493 Other On-Duty
15.3%
 
484 Responding
8.3%
 
264 After
8.3%
 
263 On-Scene Non-Fire
8%
 
254 Training
1.5%
 
49 Returning
Percent of Fatalities Related to Emergency Duty: 60.3%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with Suspicious/Incendiary incidents: 429

Type of Incident

36.7%
 
854 Structure Fire
20.7%
 
482 Not Incident-Related
17%
 
395 Wildland
7.2%
 
167 Other
6.6%
 
153 Motor Vehicle Accident
3.2%
 
75 Outside Fire
3.2%
 
74 Emergency Medical Services
1.1%
 
25 False Alarm
1.1%
 
25 Unknown
0.86%
 
20 Vehicle Fire
0.82%
 
19 Technical Rescue
0.77%
 
18 Weather/Disaster Response
0.6%
 
14 Hazmat
0.17%
 
4 Rescue/Extrication

Cause of Fatal Injury

41.8%
 
1334 Stress/Overexertion
13.7%
 
438 Struck By
12.5%
 
398 Collapse
10.4%
 
332 Caught or Trapped
9.1%
 
290 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
3.5%
 
113 Fall
3.4%
 
109 Exposure
3.4%
 
108 Other
1.3%
 
40 Unknown
0.44%
 
14 Lost
0.22%
 
7 Assault
0.16%
 
5 Out of Air
0.09%
 
3 Contact With

Nature of Fatal Injury

40%
 
1287 Heart Attack
35.8%
 
1153 Trauma
8.4%
 
269 Asphyxiation
5.3%
 
170 Burns
3.4%
 
109 Other
2.4%
 
78 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.2%
 
40 Crushed
1.2%
 
38 Unknown
0.96%
 
31 Electrocution
0.68%
 
22 Violence
0.47%
 
15 Drowning
0.25%
 
8 Heat Exhaustion

Age of Firefighter When the Fatal Injury Was Sustained

3.4%
 
110 (Under 21)
5.6%
 
183 (21 to 25)
6.4%
 
206 (26 to 30)
15.4%
 
498 (31 to 40)
22%
 
714 (41 to 50)
19.9%
 
644 (51 to 60)
13.4%
 
433 (61 and Over)
14%
 
455 (Unknown)
Percent of Firefighter Fatalities Age 40 and Under: 35.8%

Type of Activity

18.5%
 
536 Other
17.1%
 
497 Search and Rescue
16.2%
 
469 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
8.5%
 
246 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
5.6%
 
161 Not On Scene
5.4%
 
157 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
4.5%
 
130 In-Station Duties
4.3%
 
124 Support
3.9%
 
113 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
2.2%
 
65 Fitness Activity
2.1%
 
60 Incident Command
1.9%
 
56 EMS/Patient Care
1.8%
 
53 Water Supply
1.7%
 
49 Unknown
1.6%
 
45 Scene Safety
1.2%
 
36 Ventilation
1%
 
29 Pump Operations
0.66%
 
19 Standby
0.55%
 
16 Responding
0.48%
 
14 Setup
0.41%
 
12 Salvage and Overhaul
0.24%
 
7 Extrication
0.21%
 
6 Forcible Entry

Time of Fatal Injury

3.1%
 
100 01:00-02:59
1.9%
 
61 03:00-04:59
2.8%
 
91 05:00-06:59
4.4%
 
143 07:00-08:59
16%
 
518 09:00-10:59
5.6%
 
180 11:00-12:59
6.7%
 
216 13:00-14:59
7.3%
 
238 15:00-16:59
7.9%
 
257 17:00-18:59
6.4%
 
206 19:00-20:59
5.5%
 
177 21:00-22:59
3%
 
96 23:00-00:59
29.6%
 
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Month of the Year

17.3%
 
561 September
8.5%
 
277 August
8.4%
 
272 January
8.4%
 
271 June
8.3%
 
268 March
8%
 
258 July
7.8%
 
252 April
7.6%
 
248 February
7.2%
 
232 December
6.8%
 
221 November
6%
 
194 October
5.8%
 
189 May

Firefighter Fatalities by State by Location of Fire Service Organization

0.04%
 
1 APO
1.8%
 
41 Alabama
0.13%
 
3 Alaska
2.1%
 
49 Arizona
1.1%
 
25 Arkansas
5.9%
 
137 California
0.9%
 
21 Colorado
1.3%
 
30 Connecticut
0.43%
 
10 Delaware
0.13%
 
3 District of Columbia
2%
 
46 Florida
1.8%
 
41 Georgia
0.04%
 
1 Guam
0.17%
 
4 Hawaii
1%
 
24 Idaho
2.9%
 
67 Illinois
1.6%
 
37 Indiana
0.73%
 
17 Iowa
1.5%
 
34 Kansas
2.3%
 
54 Kentucky
1.2%
 
27 Louisiana
0.56%
 
13 Maine
1.5%
 
34 Maryland
1.5%
 
34 Massachusetts
1.9%
 
44 Michigan
0.47%
 
11 Minnesota
1.8%
 
41 Mississippi
2.2%
 
52 Missouri
1.2%
 
27 Montana
0.6%
 
14 Nebraska
0.6%
 
14 Nevada
0.56%
 
13 New Hampshire
2.9%
 
68 New Jersey
0.99%
 
23 New Mexico
21.5%
 
501 New York
4%
 
92 North Carolina
0.13%
 
3 North Dakota
0.04%
 
1 Northern Mariana Islands
3.1%
 
72 Ohio
1.2%
 
27 Oklahoma
2.2%
 
52 Oregon
6.4%
 
149 Pennsylvania
0.09%
 
2 Puerto Rico
0.34%
 
8 Rhode Island
1.9%
 
44 South Carolina
0.47%
 
11 South Dakota
1.4%
 
33 Tennessee
4.8%
 
111 Texas
0.56%
 
13 Utah
0.3%
 
7 Vermont
1.6%
 
37 Virginia
1.2%
 
29 Washington
1.1%
 
26 West Virginia
1.5%
 
35 Wisconsin
0.52%
 
12 Wyoming