NFPA's "Firefighter Injuries on the Fireground"
Richard Campbell and Joseph L. Molis
- In 2014-2018, there were an estimated average of 25,590 fireground injuries experienced each year by U.S. firefighters.
- The majority of firefighter injuries were sustained by career firefighters (82% of the total), with volunteer firefighters experiencing 18 percent of injuries. Female firefighters accounted for just four percent of injuries.
- Exposure to hazards and overexertion or strain were the two leading causes of injury, together accounting for over half of the injuries (51 percent).Other leading causes of injury were slip/trip, contact with object, fall and struck or assaulted.
- Structure fires were associated with the largest share of firefighter injuries (84 percent).
Please contact us with any questions.