FEMA’s wildland fatality statistics, 2012

Cause of firefighter fatalities. FEMA.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration have released their annual report about the number of firefighter fatalities for 2012. This year their numbers for those killed on wildland fires are the same as those provided by the National Wildfire Coordination Group, which is not always the case.

According to the report:

In 2012, 15 firefighters were killed during activities involving brush, grass or wildland firefighting. This total includes part-time and seasonal wildland firefighters, full-time wildland firefighters, and municipal or volunteer firefighters whose deaths are related to a wildland fire.

Below are some graphics from the report:

Wildland firefighter fatalities, aircraft, 2003 - 2012

Wildland firefighter fatalities, 2003 - 2012.As usual, for all firefighter deaths, wildland and other, the two leading causes, by far, were “stress/overexertion” and “vehicle collision”, accounting for 78 percent of all fatalities.

Cause of firefighter fatalities. FEMA.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.