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Firefighter fatalities in the United States

Report: NFPA's "Firefighter Fatalities in the United States - 2016"
Rita F. Fahy, Paul R. LeBlanc and Joseph L. Molis
Issued: June 2017

Report highlights

  • With 69 on-duty firefighter deaths in 2016, the annual total continued below average, with fewer than 70 deaths a year in five of the past six years.
  • The 15 deaths on the fireground is the lowest total reported in the 40 years of this study.
  • Sudden cardiac deaths and internal trauma accounted for the largest shares of the deaths (26 deaths each).
  • The number of deaths of career firefighters was the lowest total ever reported (19 deaths).
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Firefighter deaths by cause of injury - 2016

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