Firefighter deaths by cause and nature of injury

 

Cause of Injury

Fatalities

Percentage

Overexertion/stress/medical

32

53%

Struck by vehicle

10

17%

Crashes

8

13%

Struck by object

5

8%

Rapid fire progress

3

5%

Fall from ladder
2 3%

Total

60

100%

Nature of Injury

Fatalities

Percentage

Sudden cardiac death

29

48%

Internal trauma and crushing

24

40%

Burns

3

5%

Stroke 2 3%

Complications from medical procedure

1

2%

Laceration

1

2%

Total

60

100%

Source: Firefighter Fatalities in the United States, Rita F. Fahy, Paul R. LeBlanc, Joseph L. Molis, NFPA, June 2018 and previous reports in the series.

Updated 6/18