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.
The National Fire Protection Association has released an important Safety Bulletin on the proper use, care, and cleaning of fire fighter protective hoods. It is important that the fire service be aware of this information to reduce potential contaminant exposure.
Phase in a mandatory comprehensive wellness and fitness program for fire fighters.
- Page last reviewed: April 15, 2016
- Page last updated: March 20, 2017
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Division of Safety Research