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Summary incident report

Report Dates: Jan 1, 1990 to Dec 20, 2018
Number of On-Duty Firefighter Fatalities: 3329
Count of Hometown Heroes: 205

Firefighter Classifications

48.3%
 
1579 Volunteer
44.4%
 
1452 Career
1.8%
 
59 Wildland Full-Time
1.8%
 
58 Wildland Contract
1.6%
 
51 Wildland Part-Time
1%
 
34 Paid-on-Call
0.86%
 
28 Part-Time (Paid)
0.24%
 
8 Industrial
Number of Multiple Firefighter Fatality Incidents: 135
Number of Firefighter Fatalities Associated with Wildland Incidents: 168

Type of Duty

42.6%
 
1398 On-Scene Fire
15.8%
 
518 Other On-Duty
15%
 
493 Responding
8.6%
 
282 After
8.2%
 
270 On-Scene Non-Fire
8.1%
 
265 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

36.3%
 
883 Structure Fire
21.7%
 
527 Not Incident-Related
16.7%
 
407 Wildland
6.9%
 
169 Other
6.9%
 
168 Motor Vehicle Accident
3.2%
 
77 Outside Fire
3%
 
74 Emergency Medical Services
0.99%
 
24 False Alarm
0.99%
 
24 Unknown
0.95%
 
23 Technical Rescue
0.82%
 
20 Vehicle Fire
0.7%
 
17 Weather/Disaster Response
0.62%
 
15 Hazmat
0.21%
 
5 Rescue/Extrication

Cause of Fatal Injury

42.2%
 
1386 Stress/Overexertion
13.5%
 
443 Struck By
12.3%
 
405 Collapse
10.1%
 
331 Caught or Trapped
9.3%
 
306 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
3.7%
 
120 Other
3.5%
 
114 Fall
3.3%
 
108 Exposure
1.2%
 
41 Unknown
0.46%
 
15 Lost
0.21%
 
7 Assault
0.15%
 
5 Out of Air
0.09%
 
3 Contact With

Nature of Fatal Injury

40.4%
 
1338 Heart Attack
35.5%
 
1174 Trauma
7.7%
 
255 Asphyxiation
5.2%
 
173 Burns
3.4%
 
111 Other
2.4%
 
81 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.3%
 
42 Unknown
1.2%
 
39 Crushed
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%
 
113 (Under 21)
5.5%
 
183 (21 to 25)
6.3%
 
211 (26 to 30)
15.7%
 
522 (31 to 40)
22%
 
731 (41 to 50)
19.9%
 
663 (51 to 60)
13.6%
 
453 (61 and Over)
13.6%
 
453 (Unknown)
Percent of Firefighter Fatalities Age 40 and Under: 35.8%

Type of Activity

18.4%
 
552 Other
16.7%
 
500 Search and Rescue
16.2%
 
487 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
8.2%
 
246 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
6%
 
180 Not On Scene
5.4%
 
162 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
4.6%
 
138 In-Station Duties
4.2%
 
127 Support
3.9%
 
116 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
2.2%
 
67 Fitness Activity
2.2%
 
65 Incident Command
1.9%
 
56 Water Supply
1.8%
 
55 EMS/Patient Care
1.8%
 
53 Scene Safety
1.7%
 
51 Unknown
1.2%
 
36 Ventilation
0.97%
 
29 Pump Operations
0.7%
 
21 Responding
0.63%
 
19 Standby
0.43%
 
13 Setup
0.4%
 
12 Salvage and Overhaul
0.27%
 
8 Extrication
0.2%
 
6 Forcible Entry

Time of Fatal Injury

3.1%
 
102 01:00-02:59
2%
 
66 03:00-04:59
2.8%
 
92 05:00-06:59
4.5%
 
151 07:00-08:59
15.8%
 
526 09:00-10:59
5.6%
 
186 11:00-12:59
6.7%
 
222 13:00-14:59
7.4%
 
245 15:00-16:59
8.2%
 
272 17:00-18:59
6.5%
 
217 19:00-20:59
5.5%
 
184 21:00-22:59
3.2%
 
105 23:00-00:59
28.9%
 
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Month of the Year

16.9%
 
563 September
8.6%
 
285 August
8.4%
 
280 March
8.4%
 
280 June
8.3%
 
276 January
7.9%
 
264 July
7.8%
 
261 April
7.6%
 
253 February
7.4%
 
245 December
7%
 
232 November
6%
 
199 October
5.7%
 
191 May

Firefighter Fatalities by State by Location of Fire Service Organization

0.04%
 
1 APO
1.7%
 
41 Alabama
0.12%
 
3 Alaska
2.1%
 
50 Arizona
1%
 
25 Arkansas
6.1%
 
148 California
0.82%
 
20 Colorado
1.2%
 
30 Connecticut
0.41%
 
10 Delaware
0.12%
 
3 District of Columbia
2%
 
48 Florida
1.8%
 
45 Georgia
0.04%
 
1 Guam
0.16%
 
4 Hawaii
0.99%
 
24 Idaho
2.8%
 
68 Illinois
1.7%
 
41 Indiana
0.74%
 
18 Iowa
1.5%
 
36 Kansas
2.2%
 
54 Kentucky
1.2%
 
28 Louisiana
0.53%
 
13 Maine
1.6%
 
38 Maryland
1.5%
 
37 Massachusetts
1.9%
 
47 Michigan
0.53%
 
13 Minnesota
1.7%
 
42 Mississippi
2.2%
 
53 Missouri
1.1%
 
27 Montana
0.58%
 
14 Nebraska
0.62%
 
15 Nevada
0.53%
 
13 New Hampshire
3.1%
 
75 New Jersey
0.95%
 
23 New Mexico
21%
 
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%
 
157 Pennsylvania
0.08%
 
2 Puerto Rico
0.37%
 
9 Rhode Island
2%
 
48 South Carolina
0.49%
 
12 South Dakota
1.4%
 
35 Tennessee
4.9%
 
120 Texas
0.58%
 
14 Utah
0.33%
 
8 Vermont
0.04%
 
1 Virgin Islands
1.6%
 
40 Virginia
1.3%
 
31 Washington
1.2%
 
28 West Virginia
1.5%
 
36 Wisconsin
0.49%
 
12 Wyoming