District of Columbia fire loss/fire department profile

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 2014.

Also included is information about District of Columbia fire departments and firefighter and home fire fatalities in 2016.


Fire departments currently registered with the National Fire Department Census.
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Fire department reported NFIRS data in 2014.

NFIRS data (2014)

Incident types

District of Columbia

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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rescue84.1%
Good intent3.5%
False alarms6.5%
Service calls2.1%
Fires1.6%
Hazards1.9%
Other0.3%
Explosions0.0%
Weather0.0%
National average

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EMS64.1%
Good intent10.5%
False alarms8.7%
Service calls7.1%
Fires4.7%
Hazards3.7%
Other0.7%
Explosions0.2%
Weather0.1%

Chart/table total does not total 100 percent due to rounding.


Fire departments (2016)

Source: National Fire Department Census

Fire department types

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

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Fire department specialized services

Percentage of fire departments registered with the census 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