Firefighter deaths by cause and nature of injury

 

Cause of Injury

Fatalities

Percentage

Overexertion/stress/medical

37

58%

Crashes

9

14%

Rapid fire progress/explosions

5

8%

Struck by object

4

6%

Lost inside

3

5%

Fell 3 5%
Structural collapse
2
3%
Exposed to electricity
1 2%

Total

97

100.0%

Nature of Injury

Fatalities

Percentage

Sudden cardiac death

36

56%

Internal trauma/crushing

14

22%

Burns

2

3%

Asphyxiation or smoke inhalation

9

14%

Electrocution

1

2%

Sickness

1

2%

Stroke/aneurysm

1

2%

Total

64

100.0%

Source: Firefighter Fatalities in the United States, Rita F. Fahy, Paul R. LeBlanc, Joseph L. Molis, NFPA, June 2015 and previous reports in the series.

Updated 6/15

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