Firefighter fireground injuries by nature of injury

Year

Total

Strain, sprain

Wound, cut, dislocation, fracture

Smoke, gas inhalation or respiratory, Distress, eye irritation(other)

Burns and smoke inhalation

Fire or chemical burns

Heart attack, stroke

Thermal stress

Other

1981

67,510

16,530

20,455

17,800

N/A

7,545

300

N/A

4,880

1982

61,370

14,955

16,450

17,035

N/A

5,990

315

N/A

6,625

1983

61,740

15,415

17,470

6,495

N/A

6,470

370

N/A

5,520

1984

62,700

16,870

16,295

14,310

N/A

6,640

430

3,990

4,165

1985

61,255

16,545

15,435

14,205

N/A

6,215

230

4,520

4,105

1986

55,990

15,455

15,200

12,075

N/A

6,270

360

3,260

3,370

1987

57,755

16,565

14,770

12,945

N/A

5,770

240

4,260

3,205

1988

61,790

20,695

14,205

11,225

N/A

6,475

260

4,955

3,975

1989

58,250

22,360

13,625

11,245

N/A

4,815

255

3,040

2,910

1990

57,100

20,885

13,120

11,120

N/A

5,180

235

3,505

3,055

1991

55,830

19,655

11,285

11,170

N/A

4,960

325

4,630

3,805

1992

52,290

19,020

11,920

10,140

N/A

5,105

335

2,775

2,995

1993

52,885

18,810

11,910

8,685

N/A

5,990

295

3,430

3,765

1994

52,875

18,855

12,275

9,290

N/A

5,470

330

3,160

3,495

1995

50,640

19,280

11,680

8,840

N/A

4,890

345

2,935

2,670

1996

45,725

17,455

9,865

8,135

N/A

4,360

300

2,720

2,890

1997

40,920

15,590

9,710

6,085

N/A

3,755

205

2,840

2,735

1998

43,080

18,735

9,010

5,960

N/A

4,040

300

2,760

2,275

1999

45,550

17,925

9,880

7,050

N/A

4,060

395

3,570

2,670

2000

43,065

19,500

8,695

5,945

N/A

3,850

250

2,175

2,650

2001

41,395

16,410

10,355

3,925

1,190

3,255

310

2,315

3,635

2002

37,860

15,735

9,200

2,790

975

3,205

345

2,415

3,195

2003

38,045

16,830

9,195

2,890

980

2,765

235

2,145

3,005

2004

36,880

17,890

7,370

2,915

585

2,860

290

1,875

3,095

2005

41,950

18,620

8,570

3,390

750

2,930

315

2,480

4,895

2006

44,210

20,655

8,705

3,755

575

3,070

350

2,280

4,820

2007

38,340

17,280

8,195

2,710

695

2,650

395

2,410

4,005

2008

36,595

17,855

6,685

2,865

540

2,270

245

2,075

4,060

2009

32,205

15,525

5,005

2,435

445

2,280

375

1,865

4,275

2010

32,675

17,250

5,505

1,660

555

1,940

175

2,350

3,240

2011

30,505

15,460

4,435

2,025

605

1,905

255

2,115

2,970

2012

31,490

17,375

3,830

1,410

270

1,820

265

1,825

3,575

Prior to 1981, somewhat different categories were used. Wound, cut also includes bleeding, bruises. Dislocations and fractures can be provided separately from wounds and cuts. From 2001 onward, the category eye irritation was dropped and the category burns and smoke inhalation was added.

Updated 11/13 

 

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