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National Fire Statistics
In The United States*:
- A Fire Department responds to a fire every 20 seconds.
- One structure fire is reported every 62 seconds.
- One home structure is reported every 83 seconds.
- One civilian fire injury is reported every 29 minutes.
- One civilian fire death occurs every 2 hrs 23 min.
- One outside fire is reported every 39 seconds.
- One vehicle fire is reported every 109 seconds.
*Reported from the National Fire Protection Agency
- Estimated number of fire departments in 2006: 30,635
- Estimated number of stations in the United States for 2004-2006: 53,200
- A fire department responds to a fire in the United States every 19.0 seconds
- 2006 Response Breakdown Response
Response Number % Change from 2005
Fires 1,642,500 +2.5 Medical Aid 15,062,500 +4.8 False Alarms 2,119,500 -0.7 Mutual Aid / Assistance 1,159,500 +6.3 Hazmat 388,500 +3.6 Other Hazardous (Arcing wires, bomb removal, etc.) 659,000 -1.2 All Other (Smoke scares, lock-outs, etc.) 3,438,500 +14.3 Total 24,470,000
- Fire department types*: Career (7.6%), Mostly Career (5.6%), Mostly Volunteer (16.8%), All Volunteer (70.0%)
- 13% of all departments are career or mostly career and protect 62% of the U.S. population
- 87% of fire departments are volunteer or mostly volunteer and protect 38% of the population
- There are an estimated 69,300 pumpers and 6,700 aerial apparatus in the United States
* Career=100% career firefighters, Mostly Career=51%-99% career firefighters, Mostly Volunteer=1%-50% career firefighters, Volunteer=100% volunteer firefighters
Source: National Fire Protection Association reports Fire Loss in the United States During 2006 and U.S. Fire Department Profile Through 2006