In 2014, 64 firefighters died on duty, a sharp decrease from the previous year, according to a report “Firefighter Fatalities in the United States, 2014” just released by NFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research Division. A detailed summary of the report, the causes of on-duty fatalities, historical trends, and more was published in the July/August issue of NFPA Journal.
The 64 deaths was a big increase from the 97 deaths that occurred in 2013, when three incidents claimed a total of 32 lives, according to the report. In 2014, 22 deaths occurred while firefighters were operating at fires, the second lowest total since the study began in 1977. Sudden cardiac deaths continue to be a big problem for the fire service. In 2014, 36 sudden cardiac deaths with onset while the victim was on duty is the highest since 2008, and accounted for 56 percent of 2014’s on duty deaths.
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