Firefighters work in varied and complex environments that increase their risk of on-the-job death and injury. NFPA estimates that 65,880 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2013. An estimated 29,760 (45.2%) of the all firefighter injuries occurred during fireground operations.
Each year, NFPA studies firefighter deaths and injuries to provide national statistics on their frequency, extent and characteristics. A better understanding of how these fatalities, nonfatal injuries and illnesses occur can ultimately help identify corrective actions, and in turn could help minimize the inherent risks.
NFPA's latest report, U.S. Firefighter Injuries - 2013, includes among its results:
* An estimate of the total number of 2013 firefighter injuries
* Estimates of the number of injuries by type of duty
* An estimate of the number of exposures to infectious diseases
* Trends in firefighter injuries and rates ...
And much more.