At a Glance
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.