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Summary Incident Report

Report dates:
Jan 1, 1990 to May 2, 2021
Number of on-duty firefighter fatalities:
3,535
Count of Hometown Heroes:
232
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Firefighter classifications

47.7%
1659 Volunteer
44.7%
1553 Career
1.8%
61 Wildland Full-Time
1.8%
61 Wildland Contract
1.6%
54 Wildland Part-Time
1.3%
44 Paid-on-Call
1.1%
37 Part-Time (Paid)
0.23%
8 Industrial
Number of multiple firefighter fatality incidents: 137
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with wildland incidents: 176

Type of duty

41.8%
1456 On-Scene Fire
16.8%
587 Other On-Duty
14.6%
508 Responding
9.3%
324 On-Scene Non-Fire
8.1%
281 Training
7.8%
271 After
1.6%
57 Returning
Percent of fatalities related to emergency duty: 60.3%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with suspicious/incendiary incidents: 437

Type of incident

35.2%
930 Structure Fire
21.7%
573 Not Incident-Related
16.1%
425 Wildland
7.7%
202 Other
7.2%
190 Motor Vehicle Accident
3.8%
99 Emergency Medical Services
2.9%
76 Outside Fire
1.1%
30 False Alarm
0.95%
25 Unknown
0.87%
23 Technical Rescue
0.8%
21 Vehicle Fire
0.8%
21 Hazmat
0.72%
19 Weather/Disaster Response
0.19%
5 Rescue/Extrication

Cause of fatal injury

42.4%
1480 Stress/Overexertion
13.1%
457 Struck By
11.8%
411 Collapse
9.7%
339 Caught or Trapped
9.3%
326 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
4.7%
164 Exposure
3.7%
129 Other
3.4%
118 Fall
0.95%
33 Unknown
0.46%
16 Lost
0.23%
8 Assault
0.17%
6 Out of Air
0.11%
4 Contact With

Nature of fatal injury

40.3%
1417 Heart Attack
34.7%
1220 Trauma
7.5%
263 Asphyxiation
5.1%
179 Burns
3.4%
119 Other
2.6%
90 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.5%
54 Covid-19
1.2%
41 Crushed
0.91%
32 Drowning
0.91%
32 Unknown
0.91%
32 Electrocution
0.71%
25 Violence
0.31%
11 Heat Exhaustion

Age of firefighter when the fatal injury was sustained

3.3%
116 (Under 21)
5.4%
192 (21 to 25)
6.3%
223 (26 to 30)
15.5%
548 (31 to 40)
22.3%
788 (41 to 50)
20%
706 (51 to 60)
14.4%
509 (61 and Over)
12.8%
453 (Unknown)
Percent of firefighter fatalities age 40 and under: 35%

Type of activity

17.8%
569 Other
15.9%
509 Search and Rescue
15.7%
503 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
8%
257 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
6.4%
206 Not On Scene
5.2%
168 In-Station Duties
5.2%
166 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
4.2%
136 Support
3.8%
121 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
2.3%
75 Incident Command
2.3%
75 EMS/Patient Care
2.3%
73 Fitness Activity
2.2%
69 Unknown
1.9%
62 Scene Safety
1.9%
61 Water Supply
1.2%
37 Ventilation
0.94%
30 Pump Operations
0.72%
23 Standby
0.69%
22 Responding
0.47%
15 Setup
0.37%
12 Salvage and Overhaul
0.31%
10 Extrication
0.19%
6 Forcible Entry

Time of fatal injury

3.2%
114 01:00-02:59
2.2%
78 03:00-04:59
2.9%
104 05:00-06:59
5%
175 07:00-08:59
15.2%
539 09:00-10:59
5.7%
203 11:00-12:59
6.8%
241 13:00-14:59
7.5%
265 15:00-16:59
8.3%
292 17:00-18:59
6.4%
227 19:00-20:59
5.7%
200 21:00-22:59
3.1%
109 23:00-00:59
27.9%
988 Unknown

Month of the year

16.4%
578 September
8.6%
304 March
8.6%
303 August
8.5%
302 January
8.1%
287 June
8.1%
286 April
7.7%
273 July
7.6%
269 February
7.6%
268 December
7%
248 November
6.1%
214 October
5.7%
203 May

Firefighter fatalities by state by location of fire service organization

0.04%
1 APO
1.8%
47 Alabama
0.15%
4 Alaska
0.08%
2 American Samoa
1.9%
51 Arizona
1%
27 Arkansas
6%
159 California
0.91%
24 Colorado
1.2%
32 Connecticut
0.42%
11 Delaware
0.15%
4 District of Columbia
2.2%
57 Florida
2%
53 Georgia
0.04%
1 Guam
0.19%
5 Hawaii
0.99%
26 Idaho
2.8%
75 Illinois
1.7%
45 Indiana
0.72%
19 Iowa
1.4%
37 Kansas
2.2%
58 Kentucky
1.1%
29 Louisiana
0.64%
17 Maine
1.6%
42 Maryland
1.5%
39 Massachusetts
2.1%
56 Michigan
0.53%
14 Minnesota
1.7%
46 Mississippi
2.2%
59 Missouri
1.1%
28 Montana
0.64%
17 Nebraska
0.57%
15 Nevada
0.57%
15 New Hampshire
3.1%
81 New Jersey
0.99%
26 New Mexico
20%
527 New York
3.9%
103 North Carolina
0.11%
3 North Dakota
0.04%
1 Northern Mariana Islands
3%
79 Ohio
1.3%
33 Oklahoma
2.1%
55 Oregon
6.7%
176 Pennsylvania
0.08%
2 Puerto Rico
0.34%
9 Rhode Island
2%
53 South Carolina
0.49%
13 South Dakota
1.6%
41 Tennessee
5.2%
136 Texas
0.53%
14 Utah
0.3%
8 Vermont
0.04%
1 Virgin Islands
1.5%
40 Virginia
1.3%
33 Washington
1.4%
37 West Virginia
1.5%
40 Wisconsin
0.49%
13 Wyoming