A century of wildland firefighter fatalities

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How and where more than 1,000 people have died fighting U.S. wildfires since 1910.

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  • Narrative: In this EcoWest.org presentation, we examine fatalities among wildland firefighters.
  • Narrative: Wildland firefighting remains a dangerous business, with more than 1,000 people killed in the line of duty since the Great Fire of 1910 in the Northern Rockies. The government reports no deaths for the next 15 years, which may be due to a lack of data. In recent years, more firefighters have been dying, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the profession is becoming more dangerous; there are far more people fighting fires these days. Source:National Interagency Fire CenterURL:http://www.nifc.gov/safety/safety_HistFatality_report.html
  • Narrative: The most common cause of death was a burnover. Heart attacks, vehicle accidents, and aircraft accidents are among the other leading hazards.Source:National Interagency Fire CenterURL:http://www.nifc.gov/safety/safety_HistFatality_report.htmlNotes:
  • Narrative: California accounts for the greatest number of wildland firefighter fatalities, with other Western states also near the top of the list. Source:National Interagency Fire CenterURL:http://www.nifc.gov/safety/safety_HistFatality_report.htmlNotes:
  • Narrative: This is a screenshot from the dashboard on our website, which allows you to download and interact with the data.Source: National Interagency Fire CenterURL:http://www.nifc.gov/safety/safety_HistFatality_report.htmlNotes:
  • A century of wildland firefighter fatalities

    1. 1. Wildland firefighter fatalities6/6/2013
    2. 2. U.S. wildland firefighters killed since 19102Great Fire of 1910Lack ofdataSource: National Interagency Fire Center0102030405060708090
    3. 3. Cause of death3Source: National Interagency Fire CenterBurnover 441Heart attack 114Vehicleaccident 68Otheraircraft 59Helicopter 56Other 52Other medical 39Airtanker 35Snag 35Engine rollover 24Burns 21Vehicle rollover21Vehicle burnover 20Entrapment 18Struck byvehicle 14Driving 12 Electrocution 11
    4. 4. U.S. wildland firefighters killed4Source: National Interagency Fire Center0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350OtherKansasOklahomaArkansasKentuckyNorth CarolinaTennesseeGeorgiaNew JerseyUtahAlaskaNevadaNew MexicoFloridaArizonaWyomingPennsylvaniaTexasWashingtonOregonColoradoMontanaIdahoCalifornia
    5. 5. EcoWest firefighterfatalities dashboard5Source: National Interagency Fire Center
    6. 6. ecowest.orgDownload more slides and other resources6/6/2013 6

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