Report: NFPA's "Firefighter Injuries in the United States"
Author: Richard Campbell and Shelby Hall
Issued: December 2022
An estimated 60,450 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2021, a decrease of 6 percent from the 64,875 injuries in 2020.
Firefighters were more likely to be injured at fireground operations than other types of duties. In 2021,19,200 injuries, or 32 percent of all reported firefighter injuries, occurred at the fireground.
The leading cause of fireground injuries was overexertion or strain (25 percent of total injuries).
Strain, sprain, or muscular pain injuries accounted for more than two of five (45 percent) injuries on the fireground.
Non-fireground injuries included 4,950 injuries while responding to or returning from an incident; 8,125 injuries incurred during training activities, 13,325 injuries at non-fire emergency incidents, and 14,850 injuries during other on duty activities.
In 2021, an estimated 18,775 collisions involved fire department emergency vehicles responding to or returning from incidents, resulting in 600 injuries. Another 550 collisions occurred in the personal vehicles of firefighters; 200 firefighters were injured because of these collisions.
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