Firefighter fatalities in the United States

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"Firefighter Fatalities in the United States - 2014" report (PDF, 151 KB)

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Report: NFPA's "Firefighter Fatalities in the United States - 2014" (PDF, 417 KB)
Author: 
Rita F. Fahy, Paul R. LeBlanc and Joseph L. Molis
Issued: June 2015

Overall statistics on line-of-duty firefighter fatalities in 2014, including non-incident-related deaths. Includes patterns, trends, career vs. volunteer comparisons, and brief narratives on selected incidents. 

Introduction

In 2014, a total of 64 firefighters died while on-duty in the U.S., a significant decrease from the 97 deaths that occurred in 2013, when three incidents alone claimed a total of 32 lives. The largest share of deaths occurred at fire scenes (22 deaths). As in most years, sudden cardiac death accounted for the largest share of the on-duty deaths (36 deaths, or 56 percent). Deaths in road vehicle crashes, often the second most frequent cause of on-duty firefighter fatalities, continued low in 2014. With seven fatalities, this is the second lowest number of crash deaths over the past 30 years.

 

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