Summary incident report

Report Dates: Jan 1, 1990 to Apr 20, 2017
Number of On-Duty Firefighter Fatalities: 3197
Count of Hometown Heroes: 174

Firefighter Classifications

48.2%
 
1511 Volunteer
44.9%
 
1410 Career
1.8%
 
55 Wildland Full-Time
1.7%
 
54 Wildland Contract
1.5%
 
47 Wildland Part-Time
0.89%
 
28 Paid-on-Call
0.77%
 
24 Part-Time (Paid)
0.26%
 
8 Industrial
Number of Multiple Firefighter Fatality Incidents: 133
Number of Firefighter Fatalities Associated with Wildland Incidents: 156

Type of Duty

43.4%
 
1356 On-Scene Fire
15.7%
 
491 Other On-Duty
15.4%
 
481 Responding
8.2%
 
255 After
8.1%
 
254 On-Scene Non-Fire
7.8%
 
244 Training
1.5%
 
46 Returning
Percent of Fatalities Related to Emergency Duty: 60.5%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with Suspicious/Incendiary incidents: 429

Type of Incident

37.3%
 
849 Structure Fire
19.9%
 
453 Not Incident-Related
16.9%
 
384 Wildland
7.6%
 
174 Other
6.7%
 
152 Motor Vehicle Accident
3.2%
 
74 Outside Fire
3.1%
 
71 Emergency Medical Services
1.1%
 
26 False Alarm
1%
 
23 Unknown
0.83%
 
19 Vehicle Fire
0.75%
 
17 Technical Rescue
0.75%
 
17 Weather/Disaster Response
0.61%
 
14 Hazmat
0.22%
 
5 Rescue/Extrication

Cause of Fatal Injury

41.5%
 
1290 Stress/Overexertion
13.8%
 
429 Struck By
12.8%
 
398 Collapse
10.6%
 
331 Caught or Trapped
8.9%
 
278 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
3.6%
 
111 Fall
3.4%
 
106 Exposure
3.3%
 
103 Other
1.2%
 
37 Unknown
0.42%
 
13 Lost
0.23%
 
7 Assault
0.16%
 
5 Out of Air
0.1%
 
3 Contact With

Nature of Fatal Injury

39.7%
 
1246 Heart Attack
36.3%
 
1138 Trauma
8.4%
 
265 Asphyxiation
5.4%
 
169 Burns
3.3%
 
105 Other
2.4%
 
74 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.1%
 
36 Crushed
1.1%
 
33 Unknown
0.99%
 
31 Electrocution
0.61%
 
19 Violence
0.48%
 
15 Drowning
0.22%
 
7 Heat Exhaustion

Age of Firefighter When the Fatal Injury Was Sustained

3.4%
 
109 (Under 21)
5.7%
 
181 (21 to 25)
6.3%
 
202 (26 to 30)
15.4%
 
492 (31 to 40)
22.1%
 
708 (41 to 50)
19.5%
 
625 (51 to 60)
13.3%
 
425 (61 and Over)
14.2%
 
455 (Unknown)
Percent of Firefighter Fatalities Age 40 and Under: 35.9%

Type of Activity

18.9%
 
538 Other
17.4%
 
498 Search and Rescue
16.4%
 
467 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
8.4%
 
241 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
5.5%
 
158 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
4.8%
 
138 Not On Scene
4.5%
 
128 In-Station Duties
4.3%
 
122 Support
4%
 
114 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
2.2%
 
63 Fitness Activity
2.1%
 
60 EMS/Patient Care
2.1%
 
59 Incident Command
1.8%
 
51 Water Supply
1.6%
 
45 Unknown
1.5%
 
42 Scene Safety
1.3%
 
36 Ventilation
0.91%
 
26 Pump Operations
0.63%
 
18 Standby
0.56%
 
16 Responding
0.42%
 
12 Salvage and Overhaul
0.39%
 
11 Setup
0.21%
 
6 Extrication
0.18%
 
5 Forcible Entry

Time of Fatal Injury

3.1%
 
99 01:00-02:59
1.9%
 
60 03:00-04:59
2.8%
 
88 05:00-06:59
4.3%
 
139 07:00-08:59
16%
 
511 09:00-10:59
5.6%
 
178 11:00-12:59
6.6%
 
210 13:00-14:59
7.3%
 
232 15:00-16:59
7.9%
 
251 17:00-18:59
6.4%
 
204 19:00-20:59
5.4%
 
172 21:00-22:59
2.9%
 
94 23:00-00:59
30%
 
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Month of the Year

17.4%
 
557 September
8.5%
 
272 January
8.4%
 
270 August
8.4%
 
268 March
8.3%
 
265 June
7.8%
 
249 July
7.7%
 
247 February
7.7%
 
247 April
7.3%
 
232 December
6.9%
 
221 November
5.9%
 
189 October
5.6%
 
180 May

Firefighter Fatalities by State by Location of Fire Service Organization

0.04%
 
1 APO
1.7%
 
38 Alabama
0.13%
 
3 Alaska
2.2%
 
49 Arizona
1%
 
23 Arkansas
5.6%
 
128 California
0.92%
 
21 Colorado
1.3%
 
30 Connecticut
0.44%
 
10 Delaware
0.13%
 
3 District of Columbia
2%
 
45 Florida
1.7%
 
39 Georgia
0.04%
 
1 Guam
0.18%
 
4 Hawaii
1.1%
 
24 Idaho
2.9%
 
66 Illinois
1.5%
 
35 Indiana
0.75%
 
17 Iowa
1.5%
 
34 Kansas
2.3%
 
52 Kentucky
1.1%
 
26 Louisiana
0.57%
 
13 Maine
1.5%
 
34 Maryland
1.5%
 
34 Massachusetts
1.8%
 
42 Michigan
0.48%
 
11 Minnesota
1.8%
 
41 Mississippi
2.2%
 
49 Missouri
1.1%
 
25 Montana
0.61%
 
14 Nebraska
0.66%
 
15 Nevada
0.53%
 
12 New Hampshire
2.9%
 
66 New Jersey
0.97%
 
22 New Mexico
21.9%
 
500 New York
4%
 
91 North Carolina
0.13%
 
3 North Dakota
0.04%
 
1 Northern Mariana Islands
3.1%
 
70 Ohio
1.2%
 
27 Oklahoma
2.2%
 
51 Oregon
6.5%
 
147 Pennsylvania
0.09%
 
2 Puerto Rico
0.35%
 
8 Rhode Island
1.9%
 
44 South Carolina
0.44%
 
10 South Dakota
1.4%
 
33 Tennessee
4.7%
 
108 Texas
0.57%
 
13 Utah
0.31%
 
7 Vermont
1.6%
 
36 Virginia
1.2%
 
28 Washington
1.1%
 
26 West Virginia
1.5%
 
34 Wisconsin
0.53%
 
12 Wyoming