Summary incident report

Report Dates: Jan 1, 1990 to Nov 27, 2020
Number of On-Duty Firefighter Fatalities: 3480
Count of Hometown Heroes: 227

Firefighter Classifications

47.8%
 
1637 Volunteer
44.5%
 
1523 Career
1.8%
 
61 Wildland Full-Time
1.8%
 
61 Wildland Contract
1.5%
 
53 Wildland Part-Time
1.2%
 
42 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: 175

Type of Duty

42.1%
 
1444 On-Scene Fire
16.5%
 
565 Other On-Duty
14.8%
 
506 Responding
9%
 
310 On-Scene Non-Fire
8%
 
276 Training
7.9%
 
271 After
1.7%
 
57 Returning
Percent of Fatalities Related to Emergency Duty: 60.5%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with Suspicious/Incendiary incidents: 436

Type of Incident

35.6%
 
920 Structure Fire
21.9%
 
566 Not Incident-Related
16.3%
 
422 Wildland
7.2%
 
187 Motor Vehicle Accident
7%
 
180 Other
3.5%
 
91 Emergency Medical Services
2.9%
 
75 Outside Fire
1.1%
 
29 False Alarm
0.97%
 
25 Unknown
0.89%
 
23 Technical Rescue
0.81%
 
21 Vehicle Fire
0.81%
 
21 Hazmat
0.74%
 
19 Weather/Disaster Response
0.19%
 
5 Rescue/Extrication

Cause of Fatal Injury

42.8%
 
1469 Stress/Overexertion
13.2%
 
455 Struck By
11.9%
 
409 Collapse
9.8%
 
337 Caught or Trapped
9.4%
 
324 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
3.8%
 
131 Exposure
3.8%
 
130 Other
3.4%
 
117 Fall
0.84%
 
29 Unknown
0.47%
 
16 Lost
0.26%
 
9 Assault
0.17%
 
6 Out of Air
0.12%
 
4 Contact With

Nature of Fatal Injury

40.7%
 
1407 Heart Attack
35.1%
 
1213 Trauma
7.6%
 
263 Asphyxiation
5.1%
 
178 Burns
4%
 
140 Other
2.6%
 
90 Cerebrovascular Accident
1.2%
 
41 Crushed
0.92%
 
32 Drowning
0.92%
 
32 Electrocution
0.78%
 
27 Unknown
0.75%
 
26 Violence
0.32%
 
11 Heat Exhaustion

Age of Firefighter When the Fatal Injury Was Sustained

3.3%
 
114 (Under 21)
5.5%
 
191 (21 to 25)
6.3%
 
219 (26 to 30)
15.6%
 
543 (31 to 40)
22.4%
 
781 (41 to 50)
19.9%
 
691 (51 to 60)
14%
 
488 (61 and Over)
13%
 
453 (Unknown)
Percent of Firefighter Fatalities Age 40 and Under: 35.2%

Type of Activity

17.9%
 
563 Other
16.1%
 
506 Search and Rescue
15.8%
 
499 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
8.2%
 
257 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
6.5%
 
206 Not On Scene
5.2%
 
165 Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
4.6%
 
146 In-Station Duties
4.3%
 
135 Support
3.8%
 
119 Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
2.3%
 
72 Incident Command
2.3%
 
71 Fitness Activity
2.2%
 
69 Unknown
2.1%
 
67 EMS/Patient Care
2%
 
62 Scene Safety
1.9%
 
60 Water Supply
1.2%
 
37 Ventilation
0.95%
 
30 Pump Operations
0.73%
 
23 Standby
0.67%
 
21 Responding
0.48%
 
15 Setup
0.38%
 
12 Salvage and Overhaul
0.29%
 
9 Extrication
0.19%
 
6 Forcible Entry

Time of Fatal Injury

3.2%
 
112 01:00-02:59
2.1%
 
73 03:00-04:59
2.9%
 
102 05:00-06:59
4.8%
 
166 07:00-08:59
15.4%
 
536 09:00-10:59
5.7%
 
200 11:00-12:59
6.8%
 
238 13:00-14:59
7.5%
 
261 15:00-16:59
8.2%
 
287 17:00-18:59
6.4%
 
222 19:00-20:59
5.7%
 
197 21:00-22:59
3.1%
 
109 23:00-00:59
28.1%
 
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Month of the Year

16.6%
 
577 September
8.7%
 
303 August
8.4%
 
292 March
8.3%
 
288 January
8.3%
 
288 June
8%
 
280 April
7.8%
 
273 July
7.5%
 
261 February
7.3%
 
255 December
7.1%
 
247 November
6.1%
 
214 October
5.8%
 
202 May

Firefighter Fatalities by State by Location of Fire Service Organization

0.04%
 
1 APO
1.7%
 
45 Alabama
0.15%
 
4 Alaska
0.08%
 
2 American Samoa
1.9%
 
50 Arizona
1%
 
26 Arkansas
6.1%
 
157 California
0.89%
 
23 Colorado
1.2%
 
32 Connecticut
0.39%
 
10 Delaware
0.15%
 
4 District of Columbia
2.2%
 
56 Florida
2%
 
52 Georgia
0.04%
 
1 Guam
0.19%
 
5 Hawaii
1%
 
26 Idaho
2.9%
 
74 Illinois
1.7%
 
44 Indiana
0.74%
 
19 Iowa
1.4%
 
37 Kansas
2.2%
 
56 Kentucky
1.1%
 
28 Louisiana
0.66%
 
17 Maine
1.6%
 
41 Maryland
1.5%
 
39 Massachusetts
2.1%
 
54 Michigan
0.54%
 
14 Minnesota
1.7%
 
45 Mississippi
2.3%
 
59 Missouri
1.1%
 
28 Montana
0.62%
 
16 Nebraska
0.58%
 
15 Nevada
0.58%
 
15 New Hampshire
3.1%
 
79 New Jersey
0.97%
 
25 New Mexico
20.3%
 
524 New York
3.9%
 
102 North Carolina
0.12%
 
3 North Dakota
0.04%
 
1 Northern Mariana Islands
2.9%
 
76 Ohio
1.2%
 
30 Oklahoma
2.1%
 
55 Oregon
6.5%
 
168 Pennsylvania
0.08%
 
2 Puerto Rico
0.35%
 
9 Rhode Island
2%
 
51 South Carolina
0.5%
 
13 South Dakota
1.4%
 
37 Tennessee
5.1%
 
133 Texas
0.54%
 
14 Utah
0.31%
 
8 Vermont
0.04%
 
1 Virgin Islands
1.5%
 
40 Virginia
1.3%
 
33 Washington
1.3%
 
34 West Virginia
1.5%
 
39 Wisconsin
0.46%
 
12 Wyoming