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Fire Department Roadway and Vehicle Incidents

Report: Fire Department Roadway and Vehicle Incidents
Authors: Marty Ahrens and Ben Evarts
Issued: September 2017


Using data from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and NFPA’s fire department experience survey, this analysis provides more details on the type of incidents on these properties. Vehicle related incidents involving fire department vehicles or firefighters are also discussed.

Key findings

  • In 2014, local fire departments in the U.S. responded to an estimated 4,461,000 incidents on roadway properties, including parking lots and driveways. 
  • 14% of the 31.6 million fire department responses in 2014 were to roadway properties.
  • Two thirds (67%) of fire department roadway incidents were emergency medical services (EMS) calls or rescues.
  • 11% of the calls were good intent calls, 8% were non-fire hazardous conditions, and service calls and fires each accounted for 6%.


Fire department responses to roadway incidents by incident type