Firefighter injuries in the United States

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Report: NFPA's "Firefighter Injuries in the United States"
Author:  Michael J. Karter, Jr. and Joseph L. Molis
Issued: October 2013

The report includes statistics on line-of-duty firefighter injuries in 2012 from NFPA’s survey of fire departments – including non-incident-related injuries, trends, and brief narratives on selected incidents. 


NFPA estimates that 69,400 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2012. An estimated 31,490 (45.4%) of the all firefighter injuries occurred during fireground operations. An estimated 13,820 occurred during other on duty activities, while 12,760 occurred at nonfire emergency incidents. The leading type of injury received during fireground operations was strain, sprain or muscular pain (55.2%), followed by wound, cut, bleeding, bruise (12.2%). Regionally, the Northeast had the highest fireground injury rate.