Firefighter Fatalities in the United States – NFPA Releases 2016 Report

The NFPA recently released its report on Firefighter Fatalities in the United States for 2016. 2016 totaled 69 line of duty deaths. And while even one death is too many, the total reveals a positive trend over the last few years.

“This is the fifth time in the past 6 years that the total number of deaths of firefighters has been below 70. The average number of deaths annually over the past decade is 79” ( Of the 69 deaths, only 19 were from career fire departments, marking the lowest number in almost 40 years.

Report highlights include:

  • With 69 on-duty firefighter deaths in 2016, the annual total continued below average, with fewer than 70 deaths a year in five of the past six years.
  • 15 deaths on the fireground is the lowest total reported in the 40 years of this study.
  • Sudden cardiac deaths and internal trauma accounted for the largest shares of the deaths; 26 deaths each.
  • The number of deaths of career firefighters was the lowest total ever reported; 19 deaths.

To read the entire NFPA Firefighter Fatality report for 2016, please click the below link:


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