The new issue of NFPA Journal® highlights data from NFPA's "Fire Loss in the United States During 2010" report, by Michael J. Karter, Jr. Public fire departments responded to 1,331,500 fires in the United States last year, according to estimates based on data NFPA received from fire departments responding to its 2010 National Fire Experience Survey. This represents a slight decrease of 1.3 percent from the previous year and is the lowest since NFPA started using its current survey methodology in 1977–78.
2010 FIRES BY THE NUMBERS
- 1,331,500 fires were responded to by public fire departments, a decrease of 1.3 percent from the year before
- 482,000 fires occurred in structures, an increase of 0.3 percent from 2009
- 384,000 fires, or 80 percent of all structure fires, occurred in residential properties
- 215,500 fires occurred in vehicles, a decrease of 1.6 percent from the year before
- 634,000 fires occurred in outside properties, a decrease of 2.3 percent from 2009
Read the full NFPA Journal report for additional data on civilan fire deaths and injuries, property damage, and intetionally-set fires.