NFPA Journal publishes 2012 U.S. firefighter injury report

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Nov 15, 2013

C0B21104DA674723B28E46E1587AF19ANFPA estimates that 69,400 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2012, a decrease of 1 percent from the year before and the lowest it’s been since NFPA analyses began in 1981. NFPA also estimates that there were 8,150 exposures to infectious diseases last year, amounting to 0.3 exposures per 1,000 emergency medical runs by fire departments. In addition, there were 19,200 exposures to hazardous conditions, such as asbestos and chemicals, in 2012, or 18.2 exposures per 1,000 hazardous condition runs. An estimated  20.6 percent of all these injuries resulted in time out of work. For more information on firefighter injuries, read Michael Karter and Joseph Molis' article, "U.S. Firefighter Inuries of 2012," in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal.