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FIREFIGHTER DEATH AND INJURY STATISTICS. US and NY STATE 2008-2009. Preliminary USFA figures for 2009 source: USFA Provisional Report 1/1/2009 to 12/31/2009.

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Firefighter death and injury statistics

FIREFIGHTER DEATH AND INJURY STATISTICS

US and NY STATE

2008-2009


Preliminary usfa figures for 2009 source usfa provisional report 1 1 2009 to 12 31 2009

Preliminary USFA figures for 2009source:USFA Provisional Report 1/1/2009 to 12/31/2009


Firefighter death and injury statistics

Preliminary 2009 USFA LODD statistics (NFPA narrowly defines “firefighter” and “line of duty,” so their numbers are generally about 10% smaller)

  • 93 firefighter LODDs were reported to USFA, 8 of which were in New York

  • 47 were volunteers; 38 were career

  • There were 6 multiple-fatality incidents

  • There were 15 fatal wildland incidents and 22 fatal structure fires


Preliminary 2009 usfa lodd statistics

Preliminary 2009 USFA LODD statistics

  • There were 38 deaths unrelated to an incident. (For example, heart attacks at home)

  • If incident-related, the most dangerous type of duty associated with LODD was on-scene fire (28 deaths)


Preliminary 2009 usfa lodd statistics1

Preliminary 2009 USFA LODD statistics

  • Stress/overexertion was by far the biggest killer (52 deaths)

  • Heart attack was the biggest medical factor, causing 41 deaths

  • The 41-50 and 51-60 year age brackets were most at risk overall


Preliminary 2009 nys line of duty deaths

Preliminary 2009 NYS Line-of-duty deaths

Walter Hessling, Dix Hills, 11/27/09 – Stroke following response to MVA

Patrick Joyce, Yonkers, 10/2/09 – Jumped from 3rd floor to escape flames

Richard Holst, Huntington, 9/9/09 – Undetermined collapse at fire scene

Charles “Chip” McCarthy, Buffalo, 8/24/09

Jonathan Croom, Buffalo, 8/24/09

Paul Warhola, Brooklyn, NY, 8/14/09 - Cerebrovascular accident at scene

Robert Johnson, Mahopac Falls, 7/5/09 – Fell at the scene of a fire safety demo

Mark Bradley Davis, Cape Vincent, 1/31/09 – Shot by mentally disturbed EMS patient

Lt McCarthy & FF Croom were killed while searching a burning commercial structure when the main floor collapsed


The national picture analysis of 2008 deaths source nfpa journal july august 2009

The National Picture: analysis of 2008 deathssource: NFPA Journal, July-August 2009


Us firefighter deaths not including 9 11 01 wtc deaths

US Firefighter Deaths(not including 9/11/01 WTC deaths)


Us firefighter deaths career volunteer 1998 2008 not including 9 11 01 wtc deaths

US Firefighter Deaths: Career & Volunteer1998 - 2008(not including 9/11/01 WTC deaths)


Us firefighter deaths by type of duty 2008 source usfa

US Firefighter Deaths by Type of Duty, 2008source: USFA


Us firefighter deaths by cause of injury 2008 source usfa

US Firefighter Deaths by Cause of Injury, 2008source: USFA


Us firefighter deaths by nature of injury 2008 source usfa

US Firefighter Deaths by Nature of Injury, 2008source: USFA


Us firefighter deaths by age cause of death 2008 source usfa

US Firefighter Deaths by Age & Cause of Death, 2008source: USFA


Us firefighter deaths in motor vehicle accidents 1998 2008

US Firefighter Deaths inMotor Vehicle Accidents, 1998-2008


Firefighter death and injury statistics

Background Information on US Firefighter Deaths

Sources:

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

National Fire Protection Association

US Fire Administration


2008 firefighter fatalities who is dying

2008 Firefighter FatalitiesWho is dying?

  • Career firefighters (defined as those who are employed full-time as firefighters) suffered 46 deaths in 2008.

  • Volunteer and part-time paid firefighters accounted for 68 deaths.

  • 41% of firefighter fatalities were under the age of 40.


Firefighter death and injury statistics

2008 Firefighter FatalitiesWhere are we dying?Nationally, fireground activities are the most hazardous. Response/return was third:

  • Of the 15 deaths in road vehicles, 2 victims were not wearing seatbelts.

  • Additionally 13 were killed in wildland aircraft crashes.

  • 6 firefighters were killed when struck by vehicles at the scene of an emergency.


2008 firefighter fatalities why are we dying stress and overexertion are still the leading killers

2008 Firefighter FatalitiesWhy are we dying?Stress and overexertion are still the leading killers

  • The largest single cause of firefighter deaths in 2008 was sudden cardiac vascular or cardiac events. Heart attacks caused the deaths of 46 on-duty firefighters; 4 died of cardiac vascular accidents.

  • More than half of 2008 firefighter deaths were from traumatic injuries such as asphyxiation, burns, drowning, vehicle crashes, and other physical injuries.


2008 firefighter fatalities where are we dying

2008 Firefighter FatalitiesWhere are we dying?

47% of firefighter deaths on the fireground were in residential occupancies.

Residential fires accounted over 75% of civilian deaths. They also cause roughly eight of ten firefighter injuries every year.


2008 firefighter fatalities where are we dying1

2008 Firefighter FatalitiesWhere are we dying?

Across the US, rural response is generally just as dangerous as urban / suburban fire response.


Firefighter death and injury statistics

New York State Line of Duty Deaths and Injuries

Injury statistics for 2009 are not yet final, so 2008 is used.

Note: Injury statistics are from the NYS Fire Incident Reporting System (report IIC series). Since participation is voluntary, the numbers are incomplete and reflect only reported casualties. FDNY deaths are included, but injuries are not.


New york state line of duty deaths 1999 2009 not including 343 fdny deaths 9 11 01 at wtc

New York State Line of Duty Deaths, 1999-2009 (not including 343 FDNY deaths 9/11/01 at WTC)

2009


2008 nys fire service injuries deaths by activity

2008 NYS Fire Service Injuries & Deaths by Activity


2008 nys fire service deaths injuries by type of duty

2008 NYS Fire Service Deaths& Injuries by Type of Duty


2008 nys fire service injuries deaths by cause

2008 NYS Fire Service Injuries& Deaths by Cause


2008 nys fire service casualties by symptom

2008 NYS Fire Service Casualties by Symptom

Note:

Burn includes chemical,

electrical & scald


2008 nys firefighter injuries deaths by location

2008 NYS Firefighter Injuries & Deaths by Location


2008 nys fire vehicle accidents source nys dmv

2008 NYS Fire Vehicle Accidents(source: NYS DMV)

There were a total of 364 fire apparatus accidents in 2008.

Two persons died (both drivers, one driving a non-fire vehicle) and 293 were injured.


Firefighter death and injury statistics

NYS DMV Fire Vehicle Accident Reports: Manner of Collision, 2008 (accident not necessarily caused by FD driver)

Top human factors cited:

(36) Driver inattention

(31) Failure to yield right of way

(16) Turning improperly

(11) Passing or lane change improper

Top environmental factors cited:

(17) Slippery pavement

(7) Obstructed or limited view


2008 nys ambulance accidents source nys dmv

2008 NYS Ambulance Accidents(source: NYS DMV)

  • There were a total of 574 accidents, but no fatalities this year

  • 609 persons were injured (Includes EMS responders, patients,

    those in other vehicles, pedestrians, etc.)


Firefighter death and injury statistics

NYS DMV Ambulance Accident Reports: Manner of Collision, 2008 (accident not necessarily caused by EMS driver)

Top human factors cited:

(81) Driver inattention

(78) Failure to yield right of way

(35) Following too closely

(24) Traffic control disregarded

(23) Unsafe speed

(19) Turning improperly

Top environmental factors cited:

(25) Animals action

(24) Slippery pavement

(22) Obstructed or limited view


Firefighter death and injury statistics

For more information:

Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2008 (USFA)

http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/ff_fat08.pdf

Firefighter Fatalities in the United States 2008(NFPA) http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/osfff.pdf

Firefighter Injuries in the United States (NFPA, 2009) http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//PDF/OS.firefighterInjuries.pdf

Patterns of Firefighter Fireground Injuries (NFPA, 2009)http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//PDF/OS.patterns.pdf

What’s Changed Over the Past 30 Years? (NFPA, 2007)

http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/whatschanged.pdf


Firefighter death and injury statistics

Based on:“Firefighter Fatalities in the US in 2008” and “What’s Changed Over the Past 30 Years?” published in NFPA Journal, July-August 2009, p.60-67USFA “Provisional Report” for 2009and statistical reports from NYS DMV & NYS OFPC. Data compiled by the Diana RobinsonThank you!


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