Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The USFA has released their annual report of Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2010. Eighty-seven onduty firefighters from 31 states lost their lives as the result of 83 fatal incidents (with 50 being heart attacks) that occurred in 2010. This is the second consecutive year of substantially fewer firefighter deaths in the United States.
During the previous six-year period of 2004-2009, the average number of annual onduty firefighter deaths was 112. Illinois experienced the highest number of fatalities with nine firefighters killed; New York and Ohio had the next highest totals with eight firefighter deaths each.
HERE is an overview of the 87 firefighters that died while on duty in 2010:
-The total breakdown included 56 volunteer, 28 career, and 3 wildland agency firefighters.
-There were 4 firefighter fatality incidents where 2 firefighters were killed in each, claiming a total of 8 firefighters.
-11 firefighters died in duties associated with wildland fires. Along with 11 such deaths in 2007, it was the lowest number of annual firefighter deaths associated with wildland fires in a decade.
Activities related to emergency incidents resulted in the deaths of 48 firefighters.
-22 firefighters died while engaging in activities at the scene of a fire.
-16 firefighters died while responding to or returning from 15 emergency incidents. 9 of the firefighters killed while responding to incidents died from heart attacks (8) or stroke (1).
-Heart attacks were the most frequent cause of death with 50 firefighter deaths.
-12 firefighters died while they were engaged in training activities.
-15 firefighters died after the conclusion of their onduty activity. HERE IS THE REPORT:http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/ff_fat10.pdf
REMINDER: The above Firefighters will all be honored in Emmitsburg, MD at the NFA/NETC during the NFFF Memorial Weekend: MORE HERE: www.FireHero.org
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