Annual report on firefighter fatalities in the United States

2012 annual report: overview of findings

Firefighter fatalities in the United States in 2012

Eighty-one firefighters died while on duty in 2012.

The 2012 report on Firefighter Fatalities in the United States may be downloaded below.

1986 - 2012 firefighter fatality reports

Annual report background

For 36 years, the National Fire Data Center has kept track of firefighter fatalities and conducted an analysis of the fatalities that occur each year. Through the collection of information on the causes of firefighter deaths, the USFA is able to focus on specific problems and direct efforts towards finding solutions to reduce the number of firefighter fatalities in the future. This information is also used to measure the effectiveness of current efforts directed toward firefighter health and safety.

The specific objective of the study Firefighter Fatalities in the United States is to identify all of the on-duty firefighter fatalities that occur in the United States and to analyze the circumstances surrounding each occurrence. The study is intended to help identify approaches that could reduce the number of deaths in future years.

Criteria Used to Make On-duty Firefighter Fatality Determinations


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