Summary incident report

Report Dates: Jan 1, 1990 to May 7, 2020
Number of On-Duty Firefighter Fatalities: 3426
Count of Hometown Heroes: 219

Firefighter Classifications

48.2%
 
1623 Volunteer
44.5%
 
1498 Career
1.8%
 
60 Wildland Full-Time
1.7%
 
58 Wildland Contract
1.5%
 
52 Wildland Part-Time
1%
 
35 Paid-on-Call
1%
 
34 Part-Time (Paid)
0.24%
 
8 Industrial
Number of Multiple Firefighter Fatality Incidents: 137
Number of Firefighter Fatalities Associated with Wildland Incidents: 170

Type of Duty

42.3%
 
1428 On-Scene Fire
16.1%
 
543 Other On-Duty
14.8%
 
500 Responding
8.8%
 
296 On-Scene Non-Fire
8.2%
 
277 After
8.1%
 
274 Training
1.7%
 
57 Returning
Percent of Fatalities Related to Emergency Duty: 60.4%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with Suspicious/Incendiary incidents: 434

Type of Incident

36%
 
910 Structure Fire
21.7%
 
550 Not Incident-Related
16.4%
 
416 Wildland
7.3%
 
185 Motor Vehicle Accident
6.8%
 
173 Other
3.2%
 
82 Emergency Medical Services
3%
 
75 Outside Fire
1.1%
 
27 False Alarm
1%
 
26 Unknown
0.91%
 
23 Technical Rescue
0.83%
 
21 Vehicle Fire
0.75%
 
19 Hazmat
0.71%
 
18 Weather/Disaster Response
0.2%
 
5 Rescue/Extrication

Cause of Fatal Injury

42.5%
 
1436 Stress/Overexertion
13.5%
 
455 Struck By
12.1%
 
409 Collapse
9.9%
 
334 Caught or Trapped
9.3%
 
316 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
3.8%
 
128 Other
3.5%
 
119 Exposure
3.5%
 
118 Fall
1%
 
35 Unknown
0.47%
 
16 Lost
0.24%
 
8 Assault
0.15%
 
5 Out of Air
0.09%
 
3 Contact With

Nature of Fatal Injury

40.4%
 
1375 Heart Attack
35.3%
 
1203 Trauma
7.7%
 
262 Asphyxiation
5.2%
 
176 Burns
3.8%
 
128 Other
2.6%
 
88 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.2%
 
41 Crushed
1.1%
 
37 Unknown
0.91%
 
31 Drowning
0.91%
 
31 Electrocution
0.73%
 
25 Violence
0.26%
 
9 Heat Exhaustion

Age of Firefighter When the Fatal Injury Was Sustained

3.3%
 
113 (Under 21)
5.5%
 
189 (21 to 25)
6.3%
 
216 (26 to 30)
15.7%
 
537 (31 to 40)
22.2%
 
759 (41 to 50)
19.8%
 
680 (51 to 60)
14%
 
479 (61 and Over)
13.2%
 
453 (Unknown)
Percent of Firefighter Fatalities Age 40 and Under: 35.5%

Type of Activity

18.2%
 
565 Other
16.2%
 
501 Search and Rescue
16.1%
 
500 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
8.2%
 
254 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
6.1%
 
190 Not On Scene
5.3%
 
163 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
4.7%
 
147 In-Station Duties
4.3%
 
132 Support
3.9%
 
120 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
2.3%
 
70 Incident Command
2.2%
 
68 Fitness Activity
2%
 
63 Unknown
2%
 
61 EMS/Patient Care
1.9%
 
60 Scene Safety
1.8%
 
57 Water Supply
1.2%
 
37 Ventilation
1%
 
31 Pump Operations
0.61%
 
19 Standby
0.58%
 
18 Responding
0.42%
 
13 Setup
0.39%
 
12 Salvage and Overhaul
0.29%
 
9 Extrication
0.19%
 
6 Forcible Entry

Time of Fatal Injury

3.2%
 
108 01:00-02:59
2%
 
68 03:00-04:59
3%
 
102 05:00-06:59
4.7%
 
161 07:00-08:59
15.5%
 
531 09:00-10:59
5.8%
 
199 11:00-12:59
6.8%
 
232 13:00-14:59
7.5%
 
258 15:00-16:59
8.2%
 
280 17:00-18:59
6.5%
 
223 19:00-20:59
5.5%
 
190 21:00-22:59
3.1%
 
106 23:00-00:59
28.3%
 
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Month of the Year

16.6%
 
568 September
8.5%
 
291 March
8.4%
 
289 August
8.4%
 
287 January
8.3%
 
284 June
8.1%
 
279 April
7.8%
 
268 July
7.6%
 
260 February
7.4%
 
255 December
6.9%
 
237 November
6.1%
 
209 October
5.8%
 
199 May

Firefighter Fatalities by State by Location of Fire Service Organization

0.04%
 
1 APO
1.8%
 
45 Alabama
0.16%
 
4 Alaska
0.08%
 
2 American Samoa
2%
 
50 Arizona
1%
 
26 Arkansas
6%
 
152 California
0.83%
 
21 Colorado
1.3%
 
32 Connecticut
0.4%
 
10 Delaware
0.16%
 
4 District of Columbia
2.1%
 
54 Florida
1.9%
 
48 Georgia
0.04%
 
1 Guam
0.16%
 
4 Hawaii
0.99%
 
25 Idaho
2.9%
 
73 Illinois
1.7%
 
42 Indiana
0.75%
 
19 Iowa
1.4%
 
36 Kansas
2.2%
 
56 Kentucky
1.1%
 
28 Louisiana
0.63%
 
16 Maine
1.6%
 
41 Maryland
1.5%
 
39 Massachusetts
2%
 
50 Michigan
0.55%
 
14 Minnesota
1.8%
 
45 Mississippi
2.2%
 
56 Missouri
1.1%
 
27 Montana
0.63%
 
16 Nebraska
0.59%
 
15 Nevada
0.51%
 
13 New Hampshire
3.1%
 
79 New Jersey
0.99%
 
25 New Mexico
20.6%
 
521 New York
4%
 
101 North Carolina
0.12%
 
3 North Dakota
0.04%
 
1 Northern Mariana Islands
3%
 
75 Ohio
1.2%
 
30 Oklahoma
2.1%
 
54 Oregon
6.5%
 
164 Pennsylvania
0.08%
 
2 Puerto Rico
0.36%
 
9 Rhode Island
2%
 
51 South Carolina
0.51%
 
13 South Dakota
1.4%
 
36 Tennessee
5%
 
126 Texas
0.55%
 
14 Utah
0.32%
 
8 Vermont
0.04%
 
1 Virgin Islands
1.5%
 
39 Virginia
1.3%
 
32 Washington
1.2%
 
30 West Virginia
1.5%
 
39 Wisconsin
0.47%
 
12 Wyoming