An analysis of volunteer firefighter injuries

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Report: NFPA's "An Analysis of Volunteer Firefighter Injuries, 2010-2012"
Author: Michael J. Karter, Jr.
Issued: January 2014

An analysis of volunteer firefighter injuries comparing their experience to all firefighter injuries.

Executive Summary

An analysis of volunteer firefighter injuries was undertaken to compare their experience to all firefighter injuries. "All firefighter injuries” refers to the firefighter injuries that are estimated based on the NFPA National Fire Experience Survey and reported in the NFPA Annual Firefighter Injury Report. The injury statistics in that report combine career and volunteer firefighters.

Volunteer fire departments are highly related to the size of community protected. Departments that protect communities of less than 10,000 population are comprised mostly of volunteer firefighters.

Three years of data were used in this analysis because the estimates for some of the breakdown categories are small and can vary considerably from year to year.

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