"Firefighting is an extremely dangerous profession. The firefighter's mission is to protect life and property. Each year, thousands of firefighters are injured in the perfor¬mance of their duties. This paper examines the trends and factor related to firefighter injuries. The 1999 data are from the annual survey by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); the 1998 data are from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). (1998 is the most recent year in which NFIRS data are available.) In 1999, firefighters suffered 88,500 injuries while on duty. Sixty-six percent of these injuries occurred while firefighters performed duties on emergency scenes (fire-ground and non - fire emergency). An additional 7% of injuries occurred while respond¬ing to or returning from emergency scenes. In 1999, 45,500 firefighters were injured on the firegrounds and 13,565 at non-fire-related emergency scenes (Figure 1). Injuries to firefighters on the fireground in 1998 were double those of civilian injuries."
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Topical Fire Report Series (July 2001 (Rev. March 2002)), v.2 no.1