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This topical report addresses the details of firefighter injuries sustained at, responding to or returning from a fire incident, focusing on data as reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) from 2015 to 2017.Download the full 15 page report PDF 626 KB
From 2015 to 2017, an estimated
occurred annually on the fireground, and another 4,525 injuries occurred while responding to or returning from an incident.
The majority of fire-related firefighter injuries (87%) occurred in structure fires. In addition, on average, structure fires had more injuries per fire than nonstructure fires.
lost work time
Injuries resulted in lost work time for 46% of firefighters with reported fire-related injuries.
Fires resulting in firefighter injuries occurred more often in July, at 11%, and peaked between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m.
Overexertion/Strain was the cause of 29% of reported fire related firefighter injuries.
Of the reported fire-related injuries, 67% of the firefighters were transported to hospitals to be treated for their injuries. Of those firefighters treated at a hospital, 70% were career firefighters.