Firefighter deaths by cause and nature of injury

 

Cause of Injury

Fatalities

Percentage

Exertion Stress and medical

32

33%

Rapid fire progress/explosions

30

31%

Crashes

10

10%

Struck by object

9

9%

Structural collapse

8

8%

Fell/jumped 3 3%
Lost inside 3 3%
Exposed to electricity 1 1%
Assault 1 1%

Total

97

100.0%

Nature of Injury

Fatalities

Percentage

Internal trauma/crushing

32

33%

Sudden cardiac death

29

30%

Burns

24

25%

Asphyxiation or smoke inhalation

8

8%

Stroke/aneurysm

2

2%

Electrocution

1

1%

Suicide

1

1%

Total

97

100.0%

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