Massachusetts fire loss/fire department profile

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This page presents a snapshot of Massachusetts fire losses reported through the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) in 2017.

Also included is information about Massachusetts fire departments and firefighter and home fire fatalities in 2019.


Fire departments currently registered with the National Fire Department Registry.
344
Fire departments reported NFIRS data in 2017.

NFIRS data (2017)

All fires

1.8
Deaths
9.4
Injuries

per 1,000 fires

in 2017, the national average was 2.3 deaths and 9.3 injuries per 1,000 fires.

Residential structure fires

2.9
Deaths
13.0
Injuries

per 1,000 fires

in 2017, the national average was 6.1 deaths and 24.5 injuries per 1,000 fires.

Fires by property type

Property type% of deaths% of injuries
Structures*84.0% + 3.8% 80.9% national average77.4 - 8.1% 84.2% national average
Structures/Residential84.0% + 8.2% 77.6% national average70.9% - 6.8% 76.1% national average
Vehicles16.0% + 5.3% 15.2% national average6.8% - 5.6% 7.2% national average
Outside0.0% - 100.0% 2.2% national average8.7% + 70.6% 5.1% national average

* Structures include residential and nonresidential buildings.

Incident types

Massachusetts

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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rescue60.0%
False alarms14.6%
Service calls9.6%
Good intent6.7%
Hazards4.5%
Fires3.2%
Other1.3%
Explosions0.1%
Weather0.1%

Table does not total 100 percent due to rounding.

National average

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EMS63.9%
Good intent11.4%
False alarms8.3%
Service calls7.2%
Fires4.5%
Hazards3.6%
Other0.8%
Explosions0.2%
Weather0.2%

Table does not total 100 percent due to rounding.


Fire departments (2019)

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