A new report by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) details the numbers for firefighters in 2010 and the news is good news because 2010 saw a 8.0% decrease in firefighter injuries.
Other numbers reported…
Overview of 2010 Firefighter Injuries
• 71,875 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2010, a decrease of 8.0%.
• In addition to injuries, there were 11,200 exposures to infectious diseases, and 25,700 exposures to hazardous conditions.
• 32,675 or 45.4% of all firefighter injuries occurred during fireground operations. An estimated 13,355 occurred at nonfire emergency incidents, 4,380 while responding/returning from an incident, 7,275 during training activities, and 14,190 occurred during other on duty activities.
• The Northeast reported a higher number of fireground injuries per 100 fires than other regions of the country.
• The major types of injuries received during fireground operations were: strain, sprain, muscular pain (52.8%); wound, cut, bleeding, bruise (14.2%); burns (5.9%). Strains, sprains, and muscular pain accounted for 59.0% of all nonfireground injuries.
• The leading causes of fireground injuries were overexertion, strain (25.7%) and fall, slip, jump (22.5%).
The chart below is the most encouraging news, showing the slow but steady decline firefighter injuries since 1981