Over 40 firefighters died from injuries on the job each year, on average, from 1992 through 1997. Fires and explosions and transportation incidents contributed to just over three-quarters of the fatalities among firefighters. Exposure to harmful substances or environments was the next most common event leading to a fatality.
The average rate of fatal workplace injuries to firefighters was 16.5 per 100,000 employed for the period 1992-97, compared to a rate of 4.7 per 100,000 for all workers. The fatality rate for firefighters varied over the 6-year period. In 1994, a single forest fire in Colorado claimed 14 lives and was primarily responsible for increasing the rate to 21.5 fatalities per 100,000 employed. In 1996, the rate fell to a low of 13.7 fatalities per 100,000 workers.
These data are a product of the BLS Safety and Health Statistics Program. Additional information is available in "Fatalities to Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters, 1992-97" (PDF 43K), Compensation and Working Conditions, Summer 1999.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Fatalities among firefighters at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1999/jul/wk1/art04.htm (visited December 04, 2023).