Learning from wildfire losses in the 2017 NFPA Firefighter Fatality report

Blog Post created by luciandeaton Employee on Jul 11, 2018

In the July/August NFPA Journal®, a feature section shares the completed 2017 NFPA Firefighter Fatalities in the United States report and selected on-duty firefighter fatality case studies. Of the 17 deaths in 2017 at the scene of fires, eight died at wildland fire incidents.


Of these eight wildland firefighter tragedies, three occurred from falling trees, two from separate wildfire entrapments, and one each from chainsaw operation, a vehicle crash, and a sudden cardiac event.


The related case studies shared in the Journal explore the cause and nature of three of these wildland firefighter fatalities to provide a reference to inform and educate readers.


In addition to the NFPA Journal® article summary, you can read the entire 2017 NFPA Firefighter Fatalities in the United States report.  You can also learn more about efforts to reduce wildfire fatalities by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation “Everyone Goes Home” initiative focused on wildfire.

Photo Credit: Fahy, Rita, et al.  Firefighter fatalities in the United States in 2017.  NFPA Journal July/August 2018. pulled 11 July 2018.