2010 Firefighter Deaths A Record Low

[fblike]2010 saw the fewest on-duty firefighter deaths according to the United States Fire Administraton (USFA) since 1977 when data was initially collected. The initial report shows a total of 85 deaths with 15 of those classified as Hometown Heroes.

Of the total fatalities in 2010, 55 were volunteer and 28 were designated as career while the remaining two served as a wildland firefighter and the other a paid-on-call firefighter.

Heart attacks as well as stress and overexertion continue to be the major player in firefighter deaths. It goes without saying that a healthy lifestyle including exercise and a balanced diet could drastically cut down the number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths. Granted our line of work is dangerous, but it is inexcusable when we contribute to our own deaths.

Here are the rest of the statistics from 2010 as reported by the USFA:

Number of On-Duty Firefighter Fatalities: 85
Count of Hometown Heroes: 15
Percent of Firefighter Fatalities Under Age 40: 23.5%
Number of Multiple Firefighter Fatality Incidents: 4
Number of Firefighter Fatalities Associated with Wildland Incidents: 9
Percent of Fatalities Related to Emergency Duty: 48.2
Number of firefighter fatalities associated with Suspicious/Incendiary incidents: 0

Classification:
55 Volunteer 64.7%
28 Career 32.9%
1 Wildland Full-Time 1.17%
1 Paid-on-Call 1.17%

Type of Duty:
20 On-Scene Fire 23.5%
19 Other On-Duty 22.3%
16 Responding 18.8%
16 After 18.8%
7 Training 8.23%
4 On-Scene Non-Fire 4.70%
1 Returning 1.17%
1 Other 1.17%
1 Unknown 1.17%

Type of Incident:
41 Not Incident Related 48.2%
20 Structure Fire 23.5%
8 Wildland 9.41%
5 Other 5.88%
3 MVA 3.52%
3 Rescue/Extrication 3.52%
3 Unknown 3.52%
1 EMS 1.17%
1 Tech Rescue 1.17%

Cause of Fatal Injury:
52 Stress/Overexertion 61.1%
11 Vehicle Collision 12.9%
5 Struck by 5.88%
5 Other 5.88%
5 Caught/Trapped 5.88%
4 Fall 4.70%
2 Collapse 2.35%
1 Unknown 1.17%

Nature of Fatal Injury:
48 Heart Attack 56.4%
20 Trauma 23.5%
4 Asphyxiation 4.70%
4 Other 4.70%
3 Crushed 3.52%
3 CVA 3.52%
1 Burns 1.17%
1 Heat Exhaustion 1.17%
1 Unknown 1.17%

Age of Firefighter When the Fatal Injury Was Sustained:
2 – Under 21
5 – 21 to 25
4 – 26 to 30
12 – 31 to 40
16 – 41 to 50
20 – 51 to 60
25 – 61 and Over
1 – Unknown

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