Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program
As of 2016, NIOSH has investigated over 600 firefighter line-of-duty deaths since the program was initiated, or approximately 40 percent of the total number of firefighter fatalities.
Did you know…
- Approximately 80 to 100 firefighters die in the line of duty each year.
- A firefighter fatality is considered to be a line-of-duty death when the fatality occurs while the firefighter is on-duty or within 24 hours after last being on-duty or responding to an emergency event.
- In 1998, Congress funded NIOSH to implement a firefighter safety initiative to address this occupational hazard.
- Historically, approximately half of all firefighter line-of-duty deaths have been caused by heart attacks and cardiovascular disease.
- Other leading causes of firefighter fatalities include motor vehicle crashes, rapid fire progression, struck-by events, structural collapse, lost/disorientation, and falls.