NFPA's "U.S. Fire Department Profile"
Rita Fahy, Ben Evarts and Gary P. Stein
NFPA estimates there were an estimated 1,080,800 career and volunteer firefighters in the United States in 2019. Of the total number of firefighters 358,000 (33%) were career firefighters and 722,800 (67%) were volunteer firefighters.
In 2019, 88,800 firefighters were female (8%). Of the career firefighters, 14,900 were female. There were also 73,900 volunteer firefighters who were female.
- Fifty percent of firefighters are between 30 and 49 years old.
There were 29,537 fire departments in the United States in 2019. Of these, 18% were all career or mostly career departments and protected 69% of the US population.
Nationwide 38% of fire departments provided no emergency medical services, 46% provided basic life support (BLS), and 17% provided advanced life support (ALS).