This information is one of the key findings from the new NFPA report "U.S. Firefighter Injuries in 2011" highlighted in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal. Nearly 70,100 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty last year, a 2.5 decrease from 2010, and the lowest this figure has been since NFPA started analyzing data in 1981.
The report also notes that nearly 44 percent of all firefighter injuries occurred during fireground operations, with the rest occurring during other on-duty activities, nonfire emergencies, or incident responses.
"Firefighters work in varied and complex environments that increase their risk of on-the-job death and injury," say Michael J. Karter, Jr., and Joseph L. Molis, the report's authors. "A better understanding of how these facilities, nonfatal injuries, and illnesses occur can help identify corrective actions that could help minimize the inherent risks."