Research study findings
- There was an estimated annual average of over 30,000 fireground injuries in 2010-2014.
- Sprains and strains were the leading injury type (26 percent).
- Injuries peaked in the months of January and July. Seasonal factors played a significant role in these injuries.
Suggested interventions for fire departments
- Remind crews about potential hazards that peak seasonally and provide guidance on injury prevention strategies.
- Use core strength and aerobic fitness training to reduce the risk of strain and sprain injuries.
- Adopt risk management programs to counter complacency in practicing injury prevention.
Learn more about this research
1Campbell, R. (2017). U.S. firefighter injuries on the fireground, 2010-2014. Fire Technology: Vol 54 (2), 461-477.
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