Firefighter activities, injuries, and deaths

Also see: NFPA report: "Firefighter Fatalities in the United States 2012," June 2014
Overall statistics on line-of-duty firefighter fatalities, including non-incident-related deaths. Includes patterns, trends, career vs. volunteer comparisons, and brief narratives on selected incidents.

Also see: NFPAs report: "Firefighter Injuries in the United States" October 2013
Statistics on line-of-duty firefighter injuries in 2012 from NFPA’s survey of fire departments – including non-incident-related injuries, trends, and brief narratives on selected incidents.

On Scene at Fire Incidents

On Scene at Non-Fire Incidents

Year

Calls

Firefighter Fatalities

Firefighter Injuries

Calls

Firefighter
Fatalities

Firefighter
Injuries

1981

2,893,500

75

67,510

7,701,000

8

9,600

1982

2,538,000

67

61,370

8,010,000

8

9,385

1983

2,326,500

60

61,740

8,606,500

12

11,105

1984

2,343,000

59

62,700

8,727,000

8

10,630

1985

2,371,000

63

61,255

9,517,000

9

12,500

1986

2,271,500

48

55,990

9,618,500

6

12,545

1987

2,330,000

54

57,755

9,907,500

12

13,940

1988

2,436,500

65

61,790

10,871,500

10

12,325

1989

2,115,000

59

58,250

11,294,500

6

12,580

1990

2,019,000

48

57,100

11,688,500

17

14,200

1991

2,041,500

53

55,830

12,515,000

8

15,065

1992

1,964,500

38

52,290

12,720,000

4

14,645

1993

1,952,500

34

52,885

13,366,000

8

16,675

1994

2,054,500

62

52,875

14,072,500

7

11,810

1995

1,965,500

42

50,640

14,426,000

12

13,500

1996

1,975,000

32

45,725

15,528,000

8

12,630

1997

1,795,000

41

40,920

16,162,500

12

14,880

1998

1,755,500

40

43,080

16,997,500

15

13,960

1999

1,823,000

56

45,550

17,844,000

10

13,565

2000

1,708,000

39

43,065

18,812,000

8

13,660

2001

1,734,500

378*

41,395

19,231,000

2

14,140

2002

1,687,500

46

37,860

19,616,000

10

15,095

2003

1,584,500

29

38,045

20,821,500

9

13,855

2004

1,550,500

30

36,880

21,066,000

9

13,150

2005

1,602,000

25

41,950

21,649,500

4

12,250

2006

1,642,500

37

44,210

22,827,500

6

13,090

2007

1,557,500

37

38,340

23,777,000

8

15,435

2008

1,451,500

29

36,595

23,801,000

11

15,745

2009

1,348,500

27

32,205

25,185,500

10

15,455

2010

1,331,500

22

32,675

26,873,500

5

13,355

2011

1,389,500

30

30,505

28,708,500

5

14,905

2012

1,375,000

21

31,490

31,854,000

4

13,820

2013    56     7  

*This includes 340 firefighters at the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001.

Numbers of calls and firefighter injuries are estimates from NFPA's National Fire Experience Survey.

Numbers of firefighter deaths are taken from the annual NFPA tracking of all firefighter deaths.

Source: Firefighter Fatalities in the United States, Rita F. Fahy, Paul R. LeBlanc, Joseph L. Molis, NFPA, June 2014 and previous reports in the series.

Updated 6/14

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