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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.


Emergency response vehicle roll overs have caused 3 Line of Duty Deaths in 2017.  Driver training and lack of seat belt use are always important topics of focus for both new AND veteran drivers. It was reported that seat belts were not in use in all 3 of these incidents. Check out the National Volunteer Fire Council Emergency Vehicle Safe Operations for Volunteer and Small Combination Emergency Service Organizations and the National Safety Council: Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator 3: Fire courses for excellent training opportunities to share with your crews. Mention of any company or product does not constitute endorsement by NIOSH.

Safety Tip

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