Summary incident report

Report Dates: Jan 1, 1990 to May 15, 2019
Number of On-Duty Firefighter Fatalities: 3348
Count of Hometown Heroes: 208

Firefighter Classifications

48.3%
 
1589 Volunteer
44.4%
 
1461 Career
1.8%
 
60 Wildland Full-Time
1.8%
 
58 Wildland Contract
1.6%
 
51 Wildland Part-Time
1%
 
34 Paid-on-Call
0.88%
 
29 Part-Time (Paid)
0.24%
 
8 Industrial
Number of Multiple Firefighter Fatality Incidents: 135
Number of Firefighter Fatalities Associated with Wildland Incidents: 169

Type of Duty

42.6%
 
1406 On-Scene Fire
15.8%
 
521 Other On-Duty
15%
 
496 Responding
8.6%
 
284 After
8.3%
 
274 On-Scene Non-Fire
8%
 
264 Training
1.6%
 
53 Returning
Percent of Fatalities Related to Emergency Duty: 60.6%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with Suspicious/Incendiary incidents: 431

Type of Incident

36.2%
 
889 Structure Fire
22.1%
 
541 Not Incident-Related
16.8%
 
411 Wildland
6.9%
 
170 Motor Vehicle Accident
6.6%
 
163 Other
3%
 
74 Emergency Medical Services
3%
 
73 Outside Fire
1%
 
25 False Alarm
0.98%
 
24 Unknown
0.94%
 
23 Technical Rescue
0.9%
 
22 Vehicle Fire
0.73%
 
18 Weather/Disaster Response
0.65%
 
16 Hazmat
0.16%
 
4 Rescue/Extrication

Cause of Fatal Injury

42.4%
 
1401 Stress/Overexertion
13.5%
 
445 Struck By
12.3%
 
407 Collapse
10.1%
 
335 Caught or Trapped
9.3%
 
308 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
3.6%
 
118 Other
3.5%
 
115 Fall
3.3%
 
108 Exposure
1.1%
 
37 Unknown
0.45%
 
15 Lost
0.24%
 
8 Assault
0.15%
 
5 Out of Air
0.09%
 
3 Contact With

Nature of Fatal Injury

40.5%
 
1348 Heart Attack
35.5%
 
1181 Trauma
7.7%
 
256 Asphyxiation
5.2%
 
174 Burns
3.3%
 
111 Other
2.5%
 
84 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.2%
 
41 Crushed
1.1%
 
37 Unknown
0.93%
 
31 Drowning
0.93%
 
31 Electrocution
0.75%
 
25 Violence
0.27%
 
9 Heat Exhaustion

Age of Firefighter When the Fatal Injury Was Sustained

3.4%
 
113 (Under 21)
5.6%
 
186 (21 to 25)
6.4%
 
213 (26 to 30)
15.7%
 
526 (31 to 40)
21.9%
 
734 (41 to 50)
19.8%
 
663 (51 to 60)
13.7%
 
460 (61 and Over)
13.5%
 
453 (Unknown)
Percent of Firefighter Fatalities Age 40 and Under: 35.9%

Type of Activity

18.4%
 
556 Other
16.6%
 
500 Search and Rescue
16.2%
 
488 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
8.3%
 
252 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
6%
 
181 Not On Scene
5.5%
 
165 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
4.6%
 
139 In-Station Duties
4.2%
 
126 Support
3.9%
 
118 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
2.3%
 
68 Fitness Activity
2.2%
 
66 Incident Command
1.9%
 
56 Water Supply
1.9%
 
56 EMS/Patient Care
1.8%
 
55 Scene Safety
1.7%
 
52 Unknown
1.2%
 
36 Ventilation
0.96%
 
29 Pump Operations
0.63%
 
19 Standby
0.46%
 
14 Responding
0.46%
 
14 Salvage and Overhaul
0.43%
 
13 Setup
0.3%
 
9 Extrication
0.2%
 
6 Forcible Entry

Time of Fatal Injury

3.1%
 
103 01:00-02:59
2%
 
67 03:00-04:59
2.8%
 
94 05:00-06:59
4.5%
 
151 07:00-08:59
15.7%
 
526 09:00-10:59
5.6%
 
189 11:00-12:59
6.7%
 
224 13:00-14:59
7.4%
 
247 15:00-16:59
8.2%
 
275 17:00-18:59
6.5%
 
218 19:00-20:59
5.6%
 
186 21:00-22:59
3.2%
 
106 23:00-00:59
28.7%
 
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Month of the Year

16.8%
 
563 September
8.5%
 
285 March
8.5%
 
285 August
8.4%
 
280 June
8.3%
 
278 January
7.9%
 
264 April
7.9%
 
264 July
7.6%
 
256 February
7.4%
 
248 December
6.9%
 
232 November
5.9%
 
199 October
5.8%
 
194 May

Firefighter Fatalities by State by Location of Fire Service Organization

0.04%
 
1 APO
1.7%
 
42 Alabama
0.12%
 
3 Alaska
2%
 
50 Arizona
1.1%
 
26 Arkansas
6.1%
 
149 California
0.82%
 
20 Colorado
1.3%
 
31 Connecticut
0.41%
 
10 Delaware
0.12%
 
3 District of Columbia
2%
 
50 Florida
1.9%
 
46 Georgia
0.04%
 
1 Guam
0.16%
 
4 Hawaii
0.98%
 
24 Idaho
2.9%
 
70 Illinois
1.7%
 
41 Indiana
0.77%
 
19 Iowa
1.5%
 
36 Kansas
2.2%
 
54 Kentucky
1.1%
 
28 Louisiana
0.57%
 
14 Maine
1.5%
 
38 Maryland
1.5%
 
38 Massachusetts
1.9%
 
47 Michigan
0.53%
 
13 Minnesota
1.8%
 
43 Mississippi
2.2%
 
53 Missouri
1.1%
 
27 Montana
0.57%
 
14 Nebraska
0.61%
 
15 Nevada
0.53%
 
13 New Hampshire
3.1%
 
77 New Jersey
0.94%
 
23 New Mexico
20.9%
 
512 New York
4%
 
97 North Carolina
0.12%
 
3 North Dakota
0.04%
 
1 Northern Mariana Islands
3.1%
 
75 Ohio
1.2%
 
30 Oklahoma
2.2%
 
54 Oregon
6.5%
 
159 Pennsylvania
0.08%
 
2 Puerto Rico
0.37%
 
9 Rhode Island
2%
 
48 South Carolina
0.53%
 
13 South Dakota
1.5%
 
36 Tennessee
4.9%
 
120 Texas
0.57%
 
14 Utah
0.33%
 
8 Vermont
0.04%
 
1 Virgin Islands
1.6%
 
39 Virginia
1.3%
 
31 Washington
1.1%
 
28 West Virginia
1.5%
 
38 Wisconsin
0.49%
 
12 Wyoming