Firefighter deaths by cause and nature of injury

 

Cause of Injury

Fatalities

Percentage

Overexertion/stress/medical

40

59%

Crashes

8

12%

Struck by object

6

9%

Structural collapse

6

9%

Fell

4

6%

Rapis fire progress/explosions 1 1%
Lost inside
1 1%
Caught underwater
1 1%
Fatal assault 1 1%

Total

68

100.0%

Nature of Injury

Fatalities

Percentage

Sudden cardiac death

35

51%

Internal trauma/crushing

16

24%

Asphyxiation or smoke inhalation

9

13%

Stroke/aneurysm

4

6%

Burns

2

3%

Drowning 1 1%

Gunshot

1

1%

Total

68

100.0%

Source: Firefighter Fatalities in the United States, Rita F. Fahy, Paul R. LeBlanc, Joseph L. Molis, NFPA, June 2016 and previous reports in the series.

Updated 6/16