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	Fire Fighters spraying water on massive fire

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.


The NIOSH Wildland Fire Program recently posted a NIOSH Science Blog titled “Arduous Duty: Using Three Data Sources to Create a Single Wildland Fire Fighter On-Duty Death Surveillance System” that may be of interest to wildland fire fighters, wildland fire fighting agencies, safety professionals, occupational health researchers and the general public.

Safety Tip

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Phase in a mandatory comprehensive wellness and fitness program for fire fighters.