Summary incident report

Report Dates: Jan 1, 1990 to Apr 19, 2018
Number of On-Duty Firefighter Fatalities: 3288
Count of Hometown Heroes: 195

Firefighter Classifications

48.1%
 
1554 Volunteer
44.8%
 
1446 Career
1.8%
 
58 Wildland Full-Time
1.7%
 
56 Wildland Contract
1.5%
 
49 Wildland Part-Time
0.96%
 
31 Paid-on-Call
0.81%
 
26 Part-Time (Paid)
0.25%
 
8 Industrial
Number of Multiple Firefighter Fatality Incidents: 135
Number of Firefighter Fatalities Associated with Wildland Incidents: 163

Type of Duty

42.8%
 
1378 On-Scene Fire
15.7%
 
504 Other On-Duty
15.2%
 
488 Responding
8.5%
 
275 After
8.3%
 
266 On-Scene Non-Fire
8%
 
257 Training
1.6%
 
50 Returning
Percent of Fatalities Related to Emergency Duty: 60.1%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with Suspicious/Incendiary incidents: 429

Type of Incident

36.7%
 
870 Structure Fire
20.8%
 
492 Not Incident-Related
16.7%
 
396 Wildland
7.2%
 
171 Other
6.7%
 
160 Motor Vehicle Accident
3.3%
 
78 Outside Fire
3.2%
 
75 Emergency Medical Services
1.1%
 
25 False Alarm
1.1%
 
25 Unknown
0.89%
 
21 Technical Rescue
0.89%
 
21 Vehicle Fire
0.76%
 
18 Weather/Disaster Response
0.63%
 
15 Hazmat
0.17%
 
4 Rescue/Extrication

Cause of Fatal Injury

41.6%
 
1346 Stress/Overexertion
13.5%
 
438 Struck By
12.4%
 
402 Collapse
10.3%
 
333 Caught or Trapped
9.2%
 
297 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
3.5%
 
114 Fall
3.4%
 
109 Exposure
3.3%
 
108 Other
1.8%
 
57 Unknown
0.43%
 
14 Lost
0.22%
 
7 Assault
0.15%
 
5 Out of Air
0.09%
 
3 Contact With

Nature of Fatal Injury

39.8%
 
1297 Heart Attack
35.6%
 
1160 Trauma
8.2%
 
269 Asphyxiation
5.2%
 
170 Burns
3.4%
 
112 Other
2.4%
 
79 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.8%
 
58 Unknown
1.3%
 
41 Crushed
0.95%
 
31 Electrocution
0.67%
 
22 Violence
0.46%
 
15 Drowning
0.25%
 
8 Heat Exhaustion

Age of Firefighter When the Fatal Injury Was Sustained

3.3%
 
110 (Under 21)
5.6%
 
183 (21 to 25)
6.4%
 
212 (26 to 30)
15.4%
 
506 (31 to 40)
22.1%
 
726 (41 to 50)
20%
 
656 (51 to 60)
13.4%
 
440 (61 and Over)
13.8%
 
455 (Unknown)
Percent of Firefighter Fatalities Age 40 and Under: 35.7%

Type of Activity

18.5%
 
544 Other
16.9%
 
497 Search and Rescue
16.4%
 
482 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
8.4%
 
246 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
5.6%
 
164 Not On Scene
5.3%
 
157 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
4.8%
 
141 In-Station Duties
4.2%
 
124 Support
4%
 
117 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
2.2%
 
66 Fitness Activity
2%
 
60 Incident Command
2%
 
58 EMS/Patient Care
1.8%
 
54 Water Supply
1.6%
 
47 Unknown
1.5%
 
45 Scene Safety
1.2%
 
36 Ventilation
1%
 
30 Pump Operations
0.65%
 
19 Standby
0.61%
 
18 Responding
0.48%
 
14 Setup
0.41%
 
12 Salvage and Overhaul
0.27%
 
8 Extrication
0.2%
 
6 Forcible Entry

Time of Fatal Injury

3.1%
 
102 01:00-02:59
1.9%
 
64 03:00-04:59
2.8%
 
92 05:00-06:59
4.5%
 
147 07:00-08:59
15.8%
 
521 09:00-10:59
5.5%
 
182 11:00-12:59
6.6%
 
216 13:00-14:59
7.4%
 
242 15:00-16:59
8%
 
263 17:00-18:59
6.4%
 
210 19:00-20:59
5.5%
 
180 21:00-22:59
3.1%
 
101 23:00-00:59
29.4%
 
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Month of the Year

17.1%
 
561 September
8.5%
 
281 March
8.4%
 
277 August
8.4%
 
276 January
8.2%
 
271 June
7.8%
 
258 July
7.8%
 
257 April
7.7%
 
254 February
7.4%
 
244 December
6.8%
 
225 November
5.9%
 
195 October
5.7%
 
189 May

Firefighter Fatalities by State by Location of Fire Service Organization

0.04%
 
1 APO
1.7%
 
41 Alabama
0.13%
 
3 Alaska
2.1%
 
49 Arizona
1.1%
 
25 Arkansas
5.9%
 
139 California
0.89%
 
21 Colorado
1.3%
 
30 Connecticut
0.42%
 
10 Delaware
0.13%
 
3 District of Columbia
2%
 
48 Florida
1.9%
 
44 Georgia
0.04%
 
1 Guam
0.17%
 
4 Hawaii
1%
 
24 Idaho
2.8%
 
67 Illinois
1.7%
 
40 Indiana
0.72%
 
17 Iowa
1.5%
 
36 Kansas
2.3%
 
54 Kentucky
1.2%
 
28 Louisiana
0.55%
 
13 Maine
1.5%
 
35 Maryland
1.5%
 
35 Massachusetts
1.9%
 
44 Michigan
0.55%
 
13 Minnesota
1.7%
 
41 Mississippi
2.2%
 
52 Missouri
1.1%
 
27 Montana
0.59%
 
14 Nebraska
0.59%
 
14 Nevada
0.55%
 
13 New Hampshire
3%
 
71 New Jersey
0.97%
 
23 New Mexico
21.3%
 
506 New York
3.9%
 
93 North Carolina
0.13%
 
3 North Dakota
0.04%
 
1 Northern Mariana Islands
3.1%
 
73 Ohio
1.2%
 
28 Oklahoma
2.2%
 
52 Oregon
6.4%
 
152 Pennsylvania
0.08%
 
2 Puerto Rico
0.38%
 
9 Rhode Island
1.9%
 
44 South Carolina
0.46%
 
11 South Dakota
1.5%
 
35 Tennessee
4.9%
 
117 Texas
0.55%
 
13 Utah
0.34%
 
8 Vermont
0.04%
 
1 Virgin Islands
1.6%
 
37 Virginia
1.3%
 
30 Washington
1.2%
 
28 West Virginia
1.5%
 
36 Wisconsin
0.51%
 
12 Wyoming