Cause of Injury

Fatalities

Percentage

Overexertion/stress/medical

29

42%

Crashes

17

25%

Fell

7

10%

Struck by object

4

6%

Fatal assault

3

6%

Structural collapse
3 4%
Lost inside
1 1%
Caught underwater/diving 1 1%
Exposure to fumes 1 1%
Alcohol overdose 1 1%

Total

69

100%

Nature of Injury

Fatalities

Percentage

Sudden cardiac death

26

38%

Internal trauma

26

38%

Asphyxiation or smoke inhalation

6

9%

Gunshot 4 6%

Crushing injuries

2

3%

Stroke

1

1%

Embolism 1 1%

Burns

1

1%

Drowning 1 1%
Alcohol overdose 1 1%

Total

69

100%

Source: Firefighter Fatalities in the United States, Rita F. Fahy, Paul R. LeBlanc, Joseph L. Molis, NFPA, June 2017 and previous reports in the series.

Updated 6/17