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.


NIOSH 50th Anniversary Webinar on Epidemiologic and Surveillance Activities

The year 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of NIOSH. Created by the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970, NIOSH was established as a separate and independent research program to create objective scientific research findings in the field of occupational safety and health.

The NIOSH 50th webinarexternal icon “Quantifying and Understanding Impact: NIOSH Epidemiologic and Surveillance Activities” highlighted epidemiologic and surveillance activities conducted by NIOSH researchers and extramurally funded partners. The webinar included the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) and Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention programs. For more information on activities recognizing NIOSH’s anniversary, see the NIOSH 50th webpage.

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Phase in a mandatory comprehensive wellness and fitness program for firefighters.

Page last reviewed: September 9, 2021