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Summary Incident Report

Report dates:
Aug 6, 1990 to Aug 28, 2021
Number of on-duty firefighter fatalities:
44
Count of Hometown Heroes:
4
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Firefighter classifications

38.1%
16 Volunteer
38.1%
16 Career
11.9%
5 Wildland Contract
11.9%
5 Wildland Part-Time
Number of multiple firefighter fatality incidents: 2
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with wildland incidents: 10

Type of duty

63.6%
28 On-Scene Fire
9.1%
4 On-Scene Non-Fire
9.1%
4 After
6.8%
3 Responding
6.8%
3 Training
4.5%
2 Other On-Duty
Percent of fatalities related to emergency duty: 72.7%
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with suspicious/incendiary incidents: 1

Type of incident

68.6%
24 Wildland
11.4%
4 Not Incident-Related
5.7%
2 Other
5.7%
2 Emergency Medical Services
2.9%
1 Technical Rescue
2.9%
1 Motor Vehicle Accident
2.9%
1 Structure Fire

Cause of fatal injury

34.1%
15 Stress/Overexertion
27.3%
12 Caught or Trapped
11.4%
5 Fall
9.1%
4 Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
9.1%
4 Struck By
6.8%
3 Other
2.3%
1 Exposure

Nature of fatal injury

34.1%
15 Heart Attack
29.5%
13 Asphyxiation
25%
11 Trauma
9.1%
4 Burns
2.3%
1 Other

Age of firefighter when the fatal injury was sustained

11.4%
5 (Under 21)
4.5%
2 (21 to 25)
6.8%
3 (26 to 30)
18.2%
8 (31 to 40)
20.5%
9 (41 to 50)
15.9%
7 (51 to 60)
6.8%
3 (61 and Over)
15.9%
7 (Unknown)
Percent of firefighter fatalities age 40 and under: 48.6%

Type of activity

41.5%
17 Other
14.6%
6 Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
12.2%
5 Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
4.9%
2 Search and Rescue
4.9%
2 Water Supply
4.9%
2 Fitness Activity
4.9%
2 Support
4.9%
2 Incident Command
4.9%
2 EMS/Patient Care
2.4%
1 Not On Scene

Time of fatal injury

2.3%
1 01:00-02:59
0%
0 03:00-04:59
0%
0 05:00-06:59
2.3%
1 07:00-08:59
2.3%
1 09:00-10:59
4.5%
2 11:00-12:59
4.5%
2 13:00-14:59
18.2%
8 15:00-16:59
11.4%
5 17:00-18:59
0%
0 19:00-20:59
11.4%
5 21:00-22:59
2.3%
1 23:00-00:59
40.9%
18 Unknown

Month of the year

22.7%
10 July
15.9%
7 August
13.6%
6 September
9.1%
4 January
9.1%
4 March
9.1%
4 June
6.8%
3 November
4.5%
2 December
4.5%
2 October
2.3%
1 April
2.3%
1 May

Firefighter fatalities by state by location of fire service organization

100%
35 Washington