Fire-Related Firefighter Injuries Reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (2010-2012)   [open pdf - 793KB]

"These topical reports are designed to explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in the U.S. Fire Administration's (USFA's) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Each topical report briefly addresses the nature of the specific fire or fire-related topic, highlights important findings from the data, and may suggest other resources to consider for further information. Also included are recent examples of fire inci-dents that demonstrate some of the issues addressed in the report or that put the report topic in context." The findings from this report are: "[1.] From 2010 to 2012, an estimated 70,450 firefighter injuries occurred annually. Of these injuries, 31,550 occurred on the fireground, and 4,150 occurred while responding to or returning from an incident. [2.] The majority of fire-related firefighter injuries (87 percent) occurred in structure fires. In addition, on average, structure fires had more injuries per fire than nonstructure fires. [3.] Injuries resulted in lost work time for 42 percent of firefighters with reported fire-related injuries. [4.] Fires resulting in firefighter injuries were more prevalent in July at 12 percent and peaked between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. [5.] Overexertion/Strain was the cause of 27 percent of reported fire-related firefighter injuries."

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Topical Fire Report Series (November 2014), v.15 no.6
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