Firefighters work in varied and complex environments that increase their risk of on-the-job death and injury. The NFPA estimates that 68,085 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2015. An estimated 29,130 (42.8%) of all firefighter injuries occurred during fireground operations.
Each year, NFPA studies firefighter deaths and injuries to provide national statistics on their frequency, extent and characteristics. A better understanding of how these fatalities, nonfatal injuries and illnesses occur can ultimately help identify corrective action, and, in turn, could help minimize the inherent risks.
NFPA’s latest report, U.S. Firefighter Injuries – 2015, includes among its results:
*The total number of 2015 firefighter injuries
*Firefighter injuries by type of duty
*Trends in firefighter injuries and rates
*The number of exposures to hazardous conditions
*The number of collisions involving fire department vehicles
And much more.