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New report shows number of career firefighters vs. volunteer firefighters

Blog Post created by Nancy Schwartz Employee on Oct 29, 2013

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The U.S. Fire Department Profile  is my go-to report for information on firefighters and fire departments in the U.S.   The report includes statistics on the numbers and characteristics of the U.S. fire departments and firefighters (career and volunteer).  It also includes information on the number of fire stations, pumpers and ladders nationwide.

For example, there were approximately 1,129,250 firefighters in the U.S. in 2012.  Of the total number of firefighters, 345,950 were career firefighters and 783,300 were volunteers.

For fire departments, there are an estimated 30,100 fire departments in the U.S.  Fifteen percent of all departments are all career or mostly career while 85% of the departments are mostly volunteer or
all volunteer.  Two-thirds of the U.S. population is protected by all career or mostly career fire departments.   

The full report is available on our website.

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