Summary incident report

Report Dates: Jan 1, 1990 to Jan 13, 2017
Number of On-Duty Firefighter Fatalities: 3161
Count of Hometown Heroes: 162

Firefighter Classifications

48.2%
 
1496 Volunteer
44.9%
 
1392 Career
1.8%
 
55 Wildland Full-Time
1.7%
 
54 Wildland Contract
1.5%
 
47 Wildland Part-Time
0.9%
 
28 Paid-on-Call
0.68%
 
21 Part-Time (Paid)
0.26%
 
8 Industrial
Number of Multiple Firefighter Fatality Incidents: 131
Number of Firefighter Fatalities Associated with Wildland Incidents: 156

Type of Duty

43.7%
 
1352 On-Scene Fire
15.7%
 
486 Other On-Duty
15.4%
 
477 Responding
8.1%
 
249 On-Scene Non-Fire
7.8%
 
242 Training
7.8%
 
242 After
1.5%
 
45 Returning
Percent of Fatalities Related to Emergency Duty: 60.8%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with Suspicious/Incendiary incidents: 429

Type of Incident

37.6%
 
844 Structure Fire
19.7%
 
443 Not Incident-Related
17.1%
 
384 Wildland
7.4%
 
167 Other
6.5%
 
147 Motor Vehicle Accident
3.3%
 
73 Outside Fire
3%
 
68 Emergency Medical Services
1.1%
 
25 False Alarm
1%
 
23 Unknown
0.85%
 
19 Vehicle Fire
0.76%
 
17 Technical Rescue
0.71%
 
16 Weather/Disaster Response
0.62%
 
14 Hazmat
0.22%
 
5 Rescue/Extrication

Cause of Fatal Injury

41.6%
 
1280 Stress/Overexertion
13.9%
 
427 Struck By
12.9%
 
397 Collapse
10.8%
 
331 Caught or Trapped
8.8%
 
271 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
3.6%
 
110 Fall
3.4%
 
105 Exposure
3.3%
 
103 Other
0.75%
 
23 Unknown
0.42%
 
13 Lost
0.23%
 
7 Assault
0.16%
 
5 Out of Air
0.1%
 
3 Contact With

Nature of Fatal Injury

39.9%
 
1237 Heart Attack
36.4%
 
1128 Trauma
8.5%
 
265 Asphyxiation
5.4%
 
169 Burns
3.3%
 
103 Other
2.4%
 
73 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.2%
 
36 Crushed
1%
 
31 Electrocution
0.61%
 
19 Unknown
0.61%
 
19 Violence
0.48%
 
15 Drowning
0.23%
 
7 Heat Exhaustion

Age of Firefighter When the Fatal Injury Was Sustained

3.4%
 
109 (Under 21)
5.7%
 
180 (21 to 25)
6.4%
 
202 (26 to 30)
15.5%
 
490 (31 to 40)
22%
 
697 (41 to 50)
19.4%
 
613 (51 to 60)
13.1%
 
415 (61 and Over)
14.4%
 
455 (Unknown)
Percent of Firefighter Fatalities Age 40 and Under: 36.3%

Type of Activity

18.9%
 
534 Other
17.6%
 
497 Search and Rescue
16.5%
 
464 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
8.4%
 
238 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
5.5%
 
155 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
4.5%
 
128 Not On Scene
4.4%
 
125 In-Station Duties
4.3%
 
122 Support
4%
 
112 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
2.2%
 
62 Fitness Activity
2.1%
 
59 Incident Command
2%
 
57 EMS/Patient Care
1.8%
 
51 Water Supply
1.6%
 
46 Unknown
1.4%
 
40 Scene Safety
1.2%
 
35 Ventilation
0.92%
 
26 Pump Operations
0.64%
 
18 Standby
0.57%
 
16 Responding
0.43%
 
12 Salvage and Overhaul
0.39%
 
11 Setup
0.21%
 
6 Extrication
0.18%
 
5 Forcible Entry

Time of Fatal Injury

3.1%
 
98 01:00-02:59
1.9%
 
59 03:00-04:59
2.8%
 
88 05:00-06:59
4.3%
 
136 07:00-08:59
16%
 
506 09:00-10:59
5.6%
 
176 11:00-12:59
6.5%
 
206 13:00-14:59
7.2%
 
228 15:00-16:59
7.8%
 
246 17:00-18:59
6.4%
 
203 19:00-20:59
5.4%
 
172 21:00-22:59
2.9%
 
92 23:00-00:59
30.1%
 
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Month of the Year

17.6%
 
556 September
8.5%
 
269 August
8.5%
 
268 January
8.4%
 
265 June
8.2%
 
258 March
7.9%
 
249 July
7.7%
 
242 April
7.4%
 
235 February
7.3%
 
232 December
7%
 
220 November
5.9%
 
187 October
5.7%
 
180 May

Firefighter Fatalities by State by Location of Fire Service Organization

0.04%
 
1 APO
1.6%
 
37 Alabama
0.13%
 
3 Alaska
2.1%
 
47 Arizona
1%
 
23 Arkansas
5.7%
 
127 California
0.94%
 
21 Colorado
1.3%
 
30 Connecticut
0.45%
 
10 Delaware
0.13%
 
3 District of Columbia
2%
 
44 Florida
1.7%
 
38 Georgia
0.04%
 
1 Guam
0.18%
 
4 Hawaii
1.1%
 
24 Idaho
2.9%
 
65 Illinois
1.6%
 
35 Indiana
0.62%
 
14 Iowa
1.5%
 
34 Kansas
2.3%
 
52 Kentucky
1.2%
 
26 Louisiana
0.58%
 
13 Maine
1.5%
 
33 Maryland
1.4%
 
32 Massachusetts
1.8%
 
41 Michigan
0.49%
 
11 Minnesota
1.7%
 
38 Mississippi
2.2%
 
49 Missouri
1.1%
 
25 Montana
0.62%
 
14 Nebraska
0.67%
 
15 Nevada
0.53%
 
12 New Hampshire
2.9%
 
65 New Jersey
0.98%
 
22 New Mexico
22.2%
 
498 New York
4%
 
90 North Carolina
0.13%
 
3 North Dakota
0.04%
 
1 Northern Mariana Islands
3.1%
 
69 Ohio
1.2%
 
26 Oklahoma
2.3%
 
51 Oregon
6.4%
 
144 Pennsylvania
0.04%
 
1 Puerto Rico
0.36%
 
8 Rhode Island
2%
 
44 South Carolina
0.45%
 
10 South Dakota
1.5%
 
33 Tennessee
4.7%
 
106 Texas
0.58%
 
13 Utah
0.31%
 
7 Vermont
1.6%
 
36 Virginia
1.2%
 
28 Washington
1.2%
 
26 West Virginia
1.4%
 
31 Wisconsin
0.49%
 
11 Wyoming