Firefighter injuries in the United States

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Report: NFPA's "Firefighter Injuries in the United States" (PDF, 1 MB)
Author:  Michael J. Karter, Jr. and Joseph L. Molis
Issued: November 2014

The report includes statistics on line-of-duty firefighter injuries from NFPA’s survey of fire departments – including non-incident-related injuries, trends, and brief narratives on selected incidents. 


NFPA estimates that 65,880 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2013. An estimated 29,760 (45.2%) of the all firefighter injuries occurred during fireground operations. An estimated 11,800 occurred during other on duty activities, while 12,535 occurred at nonfire emergency incidents. The leading type of injury received during fireground operations was strain, sprain or muscular pain (55.3%), followed by wound, cut, bleeding, bruise (13.8%). Regionally, the Northeast had the highest fireground injury rate.

Firefighter injuries by year 2014