District of Columbia fire loss/fire department profile

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This page presents a snapshot of incident types reported by the District of Columbia Fire Department through the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) in 2018.

Also included is information about District of Columbia fire departments and firefighter and home fire fatalities in 2020.


Fire departments currently registered with the National Fire Department Registry.
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Fire department reported NFIRS data in 2018.

NFIRS data (2018)

All fires

0.5
Deaths
0.0
Injuries

per 1,000 fires

in 2018, the national average was 2.5 deaths and 9.8 injuries per 1,000 fires.

Residential structure fires

1.4
Deaths
0.0
Injuries

per 1,000 fires

in 2018, the national average was 6.1 deaths and 25.3 injuries per 1,000 fires.

Fires casualties by general incident type

Incident type% of deaths% of injuries
 District of ColumbiaNationDistrict of ColumbiaNation
Structures*100.078.50.085.3
Structures/Residential100.075.00.077.1
Vehicles0.017.80.06.7
Outside0.01.90.05.0

* Structures include residential and nonresidential buildings.

Incident types

District of Columbia

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Emergency medical services (EMS) rescue67.2%
False alarms13.0%
Good intent7.2%
Service calls6.1%
Hazards3.7%
Fires2.4%
Other0.3%
Explosions0.1%
Weather0.0%

Table may not total 100% due to rounding.

National average

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EMS64.3%
Good intent11.2%
False alarms8.4%
Service calls7.4%
Fires4.0%
Hazards3.5%
Other0.8%
Weather0.2%
Explosions0.1%

Table may not total 100% due to rounding.


Fire departments (2020)

Source: National Fire Department Registry

Fire department types

Percentage of fire departments registered with the registry by department type.

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Fire department specialized services

Percentage of fire departments registered with the registry that provided specialized services.

Advanced Life Support%
Airport/Aviation%
Basic Life Support%
Departmental (in-house) training academy%
Emergency medical services (EMS) ambulance transport%
EMS nontransport response%
Fireboat%
Fire/Injury prevention/Public education%
Fire inspection/Code enforcement%
Fire investigation/Fire cause determination%
Hazardous materials team%
Juvenile firesetter intervention program%
Technical/Specialized rescue%
Vehicle extrication%
Wildfire/Wildland Urban Interface%

Fire fatalities