!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019aff58ed97970c-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019aff58ed97970c-120wi|alt=FireLoss800pxls|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=FireLoss800pxls|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019aff58ed97970c!I hope that, by now, you have had the chance to read the 2012 +Fire Loss Report +written+ +by Michael J. Karter, Jr. and published in the September/October issue of NFPA Journal.  U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,375,000 fires.  These fires caused 2,855 civilian fire deaths, 16,500 reported civilian injuries and $12.4 billion in direct property damage.   Eighty-three percent of the deaths resulted from fires in homes, including one- or two family homes, manufactured housing and apartments or other multi-family housing.
The good news is that the civilian fire death toll in 2012 was the lowest since NFPA began its survey in 1977. The bad news is that fire still kills an average of eight people every day.
Today’s fire departments do much more than fight fires.  The full 2012 +Fire Loss+ report shows that two-thirds of fire department were EMS or rescue-type calls.  Four percent were to actual fires and seven percent were false alarms.  The report also shows how these percentages vary by community size.
What’s the story in your community?