Summary incident report

Report Dates: Jan 1, 1990 to Aug 13, 2018
Number of On-Duty Firefighter Fatalities: 3310
Count of Hometown Heroes: 202

Firefighter Classifications

48.2%
 
1567 Volunteer
44.5%
 
1448 Career
1.8%
 
59 Wildland Full-Time
1.8%
 
57 Wildland Contract
1.6%
 
51 Wildland Part-Time
1%
 
33 Paid-on-Call
0.86%
 
28 Part-Time (Paid)
0.25%
 
8 Industrial
Number of Multiple Firefighter Fatality Incidents: 135
Number of Firefighter Fatalities Associated with Wildland Incidents: 167

Type of Duty

42.8%
 
1394 On-Scene Fire
15.7%
 
513 Other On-Duty
15.1%
 
491 Responding
8.5%
 
277 After
8.2%
 
268 On-Scene Non-Fire
8.1%
 
264 Training
1.6%
 
53 Returning
Percent of Fatalities Related to Emergency Duty: 60.5%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with Suspicious/Incendiary incidents: 431

Type of Incident

36.4%
 
878 Structure Fire
21.7%
 
523 Not Incident-Related
16.8%
 
406 Wildland
7%
 
168 Other
6.8%
 
164 Motor Vehicle Accident
3.1%
 
76 Outside Fire
3%
 
73 Emergency Medical Services
0.99%
 
24 False Alarm
0.99%
 
24 Unknown
0.91%
 
22 Technical Rescue
0.83%
 
20 Vehicle Fire
0.7%
 
17 Weather/Disaster Response
0.62%
 
15 Hazmat
0.17%
 
4 Rescue/Extrication

Cause of Fatal Injury

42.4%
 
1385 Stress/Overexertion
13.5%
 
440 Struck By
12.4%
 
404 Collapse
10.1%
 
330 Caught or Trapped
9.3%
 
303 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
3.6%
 
117 Other
3.5%
 
114 Fall
3.3%
 
108 Exposure
1%
 
34 Unknown
0.46%
 
15 Lost
0.21%
 
7 Assault
0.15%
 
5 Out of Air
0.09%
 
3 Contact With

Nature of Fatal Injury

40.6%
 
1335 Heart Attack
35.5%
 
1168 Trauma
7.8%
 
255 Asphyxiation
5.3%
 
173 Burns
3.3%
 
109 Other
2.5%
 
81 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.2%
 
39 Crushed
1%
 
34 Unknown
0.94%
 
31 Drowning
0.94%
 
31 Electrocution
0.73%
 
24 Violence
0.27%
 
9 Heat Exhaustion

Age of Firefighter When the Fatal Injury Was Sustained

3.4%
 
112 (Under 21)
5.5%
 
183 (21 to 25)
6.4%
 
211 (26 to 30)
15.6%
 
517 (31 to 40)
22%
 
727 (41 to 50)
19.9%
 
659 (51 to 60)
13.5%
 
448 (61 and Over)
13.7%
 
453 (Unknown)
Percent of Firefighter Fatalities Age 40 and Under: 35.8%

Type of Activity

18.3%
 
546 Other
16.8%
 
500 Search and Rescue
16.3%
 
485 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
8.2%
 
245 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
6%
 
179 Not On Scene
5.4%
 
160 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
4.6%
 
137 In-Station Duties
4.3%
 
127 Support
3.9%
 
116 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
2.2%
 
67 Fitness Activity
2.1%
 
63 Incident Command
1.9%
 
56 Water Supply
1.8%
 
55 EMS/Patient Care
1.7%
 
52 Scene Safety
1.6%
 
49 Unknown
1.2%
 
36 Ventilation
0.97%
 
29 Pump Operations
0.7%
 
21 Responding
0.64%
 
19 Standby
0.44%
 
13 Setup
0.4%
 
12 Salvage and Overhaul
0.23%
 
7 Extrication
0.2%
 
6 Forcible Entry

Time of Fatal Injury

3.1%
 
102 01:00-02:59
2%
 
65 03:00-04:59
2.7%
 
91 05:00-06:59
4.5%
 
149 07:00-08:59
15.9%
 
526 09:00-10:59
5.6%
 
185 11:00-12:59
6.6%
 
219 13:00-14:59
7.4%
 
244 15:00-16:59
8.1%
 
269 17:00-18:59
6.5%
 
215 19:00-20:59
5.5%
 
182 21:00-22:59
3.2%
 
105 23:00-00:59
28.9%
 
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Month of the Year

16.9%
 
559 September
8.6%
 
284 August
8.5%
 
280 March
8.5%
 
280 June
8.3%
 
276 January
8%
 
264 July
7.9%
 
261 April
7.6%
 
253 February
7.3%
 
242 December
6.9%
 
227 November
5.8%
 
193 October
5.8%
 
191 May

Firefighter Fatalities by State by Location of Fire Service Organization

0.04%
 
1 APO
1.7%
 
41 Alabama
0.12%
 
3 Alaska
2%
 
49 Arizona
1%
 
25 Arkansas
6.1%
 
147 California
0.83%
 
20 Colorado
1.2%
 
30 Connecticut
0.41%
 
10 Delaware
0.12%
 
3 District of Columbia
2%
 
48 Florida
1.9%
 
45 Georgia
0.04%
 
1 Guam
0.17%
 
4 Hawaii
0.99%
 
24 Idaho
2.8%
 
68 Illinois
1.7%
 
41 Indiana
0.7%
 
17 Iowa
1.5%
 
36 Kansas
2.2%
 
54 Kentucky
1.2%
 
28 Louisiana
0.54%
 
13 Maine
1.5%
 
37 Maryland
1.5%
 
36 Massachusetts
1.9%
 
45 Michigan
0.54%
 
13 Minnesota
1.7%
 
41 Mississippi
2.2%
 
52 Missouri
1.1%
 
27 Montana
0.58%
 
14 Nebraska
0.62%
 
15 Nevada
0.54%
 
13 New Hampshire
3.1%
 
74 New Jersey
0.95%
 
23 New Mexico
21.2%
 
512 New York
4%
 
97 North Carolina
0.12%
 
3 North Dakota
0.04%
 
1 Northern Mariana Islands
3.1%
 
74 Ohio
1.2%
 
30 Oklahoma
2.2%
 
52 Oregon
6.4%
 
155 Pennsylvania
0.08%
 
2 Puerto Rico
0.37%
 
9 Rhode Island
1.9%
 
47 South Carolina
0.46%
 
11 South Dakota
1.4%
 
35 Tennessee
5%
 
120 Texas
0.58%
 
14 Utah
0.33%
 
8 Vermont
0.04%
 
1 Virgin Islands
1.6%
 
39 Virginia
1.2%
 
30 Washington
1.2%
 
28 West Virginia
1.5%
 
36 Wisconsin
0.5%
 
12 Wyoming