Massachusetts fire loss/fire department profile

This page presents a snapshot of Massachusetts fire losses reported through the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) in 2014.

Also included is information about Massachusetts fire departments and firefighter and home fire fatalities in 2016.


Fire departments currently registered with the National Fire Department Census.
336
Fire departments reported NFIRS data in 2014.

NFIRS data (2014)

All fires

2.0
Deaths
10.5
Injuries

per 1,000 fires

In 2014, the national average was 2.3 deaths and 10.4 injuries per 1,000 fires.

Residential structure fires

3.0
Deaths
16.4
Injuries

per 1,000 fires

In 2014, the national average was 5.5 deaths and 26.2 injuries per 1,000 fires.

Fires by property type

Property type% of deaths% of injuries
Structures*81.8% + 4.2% 78.5% national average87.1% + 2.4% 85.1% national average
Structures/Residential76.4% + 2.3% 74.7% national average79.3% + 1.8% 77.9% national average
Vehicles14.6% - 10.4% 16.3% national average2.4% - 64.2% 6.7% national average
Outside3.6% + 20.0% 3.0% national average5.4% + 25.6% 4.3% national average

* Structures include residential and nonresidential buildings.

Incident types

Massachusetts

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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rescue58.1%
Good intent6.6%
False alarms14.9%
Service calls10.2%
Fires3.8%
Hazards4.8%
Other1.3%
Explosions0.1%
Weather0.1%

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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%

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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