FFFIPP – Investigations

Since 1999, the program’s first year, the fire service has lost 2,767 firefighters from line-of-duty deaths. Of these deaths, we have conducted 740 (27%) investigations. 56% of these fatality reports are trauma-related, while the remaining 44% are medical-related. These investigations allow us to name contributing factors and develop recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the fire service. We share these findings and insights in each fatality report as a result of the investigation.

We do not investigate cancer deaths because they rarely occur on-duty. While these deaths are beyond the scope of the program, the information is still important to the firefighter community. NIOSH maintains the National Firefighter Cancer Registry. Please register all firefighter cancer deaths.

Learn what five steps to expect during our firefighter fatality investigations.

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