Summary incident report

Report Dates: Jan 1, 1990 to Jul 14, 2017
Number of On-Duty Firefighter Fatalities: 3223
Count of Hometown Heroes: 178

Firefighter Classifications

48.2%
 
1523 Volunteer
44.9%
 
1420 Career
1.8%
 
57 Wildland Full-Time
1.7%
 
54 Wildland Contract
1.5%
 
48 Wildland Part-Time
0.89%
 
28 Paid-on-Call
0.76%
 
24 Part-Time (Paid)
0.25%
 
8 Industrial
Number of Multiple Firefighter Fatality Incidents: 133
Number of Firefighter Fatalities Associated with Wildland Incidents: 159

Type of Duty

43.2%
 
1361 On-Scene Fire
15.7%
 
496 Other On-Duty
15.3%
 
483 Responding
8.2%
 
260 After
8.2%
 
259 On-Scene Non-Fire
7.9%
 
248 Training
1.5%
 
46 Returning
Percent of Fatalities Related to Emergency Duty: 60.4%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with Suspicious/Incendiary incidents: 429

Type of Incident

37.1%
 
854 Structure Fire
20%
 
461 Not Incident-Related
16.7%
 
385 Wildland
7.6%
 
176 Other
6.7%
 
154 Motor Vehicle Accident
3.4%
 
78 Outside Fire
3.1%
 
72 Emergency Medical Services
1.1%
 
26 False Alarm
1%
 
24 Unknown
0.83%
 
19 Vehicle Fire
0.78%
 
18 Weather/Disaster Response
0.74%
 
17 Technical Rescue
0.61%
 
14 Hazmat
0.22%
 
5 Rescue/Extrication

Cause of Fatal Injury

41.2%
 
1292 Stress/Overexertion
13.9%
 
436 Struck By
12.7%
 
398 Collapse
10.6%
 
333 Caught or Trapped
8.9%
 
280 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
3.6%
 
113 Fall
3.4%
 
106 Exposure
3.3%
 
104 Other
1.5%
 
47 Unknown
0.41%
 
13 Lost
0.22%
 
7 Assault
0.16%
 
5 Out of Air
0.1%
 
3 Contact With

Nature of Fatal Injury

39.4%
 
1248 Heart Attack
36.2%
 
1145 Trauma
8.4%
 
265 Asphyxiation
5.4%
 
170 Burns
3.3%
 
105 Other
2.3%
 
74 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.4%
 
44 Unknown
1.2%
 
38 Crushed
0.98%
 
31 Electrocution
0.7%
 
22 Violence
0.47%
 
15 Drowning
0.22%
 
7 Heat Exhaustion

Age of Firefighter When the Fatal Injury Was Sustained

3.4%
 
109 (Under 21)
5.6%
 
182 (21 to 25)
6.4%
 
205 (26 to 30)
15.4%
 
496 (31 to 40)
22%
 
710 (41 to 50)
19.8%
 
637 (51 to 60)
13.3%
 
428 (61 and Over)
14.1%
 
456 (Unknown)
Percent of Firefighter Fatalities Age 40 and Under: 35.9%

Type of Activity

18.9%
 
543 Other
17.3%
 
499 Search and Rescue
16.4%
 
471 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
8.5%
 
244 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
5.5%
 
158 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
4.9%
 
142 Not On Scene
4.5%
 
129 In-Station Duties
4.2%
 
122 Support
4%
 
114 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
2.3%
 
66 Fitness Activity
2.1%
 
60 Incident Command
2.1%
 
60 EMS/Patient Care
1.8%
 
52 Water Supply
1.6%
 
45 Unknown
1.5%
 
43 Scene Safety
1.2%
 
36 Ventilation
0.9%
 
26 Pump Operations
0.62%
 
18 Standby
0.56%
 
16 Responding
0.45%
 
13 Setup
0.42%
 
12 Salvage and Overhaul
0.21%
 
6 Extrication
0.17%
 
5 Forcible Entry

Time of Fatal Injury

3.1%
 
100 01:00-02:59
1.9%
 
61 03:00-04:59
2.8%
 
89 05:00-06:59
4.3%
 
140 07:00-08:59
16%
 
515 09:00-10:59
5.6%
 
179 11:00-12:59
6.6%
 
214 13:00-14:59
7.3%
 
235 15:00-16:59
7.9%
 
254 17:00-18:59
6.4%
 
206 19:00-20:59
5.4%
 
175 21:00-22:59
2.9%
 
95 23:00-00:59
29.8%
 
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Month of the Year

17.3%
 
557 September
8.4%
 
272 January
8.4%
 
271 June
8.4%
 
270 August
8.3%
 
268 March
7.9%
 
254 July
7.8%
 
252 April
7.7%
 
247 February
7.2%
 
232 December
6.9%
 
221 November
5.9%
 
190 October
5.9%
 
189 May

Firefighter Fatalities by State by Location of Fire Service Organization

0.04%
 
1 APO
1.7%
 
40 Alabama
0.13%
 
3 Alaska
2.1%
 
49 Arizona
1%
 
24 Arkansas
5.8%
 
134 California
0.91%
 
21 Colorado
1.3%
 
30 Connecticut
0.43%
 
10 Delaware
0.13%
 
3 District of Columbia
2%
 
45 Florida
1.8%
 
41 Georgia
0.04%
 
1 Guam
0.17%
 
4 Hawaii
1%
 
24 Idaho
2.9%
 
67 Illinois
1.6%
 
36 Indiana
0.74%
 
17 Iowa
1.5%
 
34 Kansas
2.3%
 
53 Kentucky
1.2%
 
27 Louisiana
0.56%
 
13 Maine
1.5%
 
34 Maryland
1.5%
 
34 Massachusetts
1.9%
 
43 Michigan
0.48%
 
11 Minnesota
1.8%
 
41 Mississippi
2.3%
 
52 Missouri
1.1%
 
25 Montana
0.61%
 
14 Nebraska
0.65%
 
15 Nevada
0.52%
 
12 New Hampshire
2.9%
 
67 New Jersey
1%
 
23 New Mexico
21.7%
 
500 New York
4%
 
91 North Carolina
0.13%
 
3 North Dakota
0.04%
 
1 Northern Mariana Islands
3.1%
 
71 Ohio
1.2%
 
27 Oklahoma
2.2%
 
51 Oregon
6.4%
 
147 Pennsylvania
0.09%
 
2 Puerto Rico
0.35%
 
8 Rhode Island
1.9%
 
44 South Carolina
0.43%
 
10 South Dakota
1.4%
 
33 Tennessee
4.7%
 
109 Texas
0.56%
 
13 Utah
0.3%
 
7 Vermont
1.6%
 
37 Virginia
1.3%
 
29 Washington
1.1%
 
26 West Virginia
1.5%
 
34 Wisconsin
0.52%
 
12 Wyoming