FIRE FIGHTER FATALITY INVESTIGATION AND PREVENTION
The United States depends on about 1.1 million fire fighters to protect its citizens and property from fire. Approximately 336,000 are career fire fighters, 812,000 are volunteers, and 80 to 100 die in the line of duty each year.
To address this occupational hazard, the NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program conducts independent investigations of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths.
During the period from 2001 to 2014, approximately 11% (150 out of 1,396) of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths were training-related. To address this risk, NIOSH has released the publication Preventing Deaths and Injuries of Fire Fighters During Training Exercises which provides recommendations on training in accordance with established standards to prevent life-threatening consequences.
Phase in a mandatory comprehensive wellness and fitness program for fire fighters.
- Page last reviewed: April 15, 2016
- Page last updated: January 20, 2017
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Division of Safety Research