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Heart Attack Remains Leading Cause of Firefighter Line-of-Duty-Deaths

02/02/2012
In a provisional report released in January, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) announced that there were 81 on-duty firefighter fatalities in the U.S. in 2011, a seven percent decrease from the 87 fatalities reported for 2010. This marks the fourth year of decreased total line-of-duty deaths. However, heart attack remained the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths by far, causing over half of the fatalities in 2010. Heart attacks and strokes were responsible for the deaths of 48 firefighters (59 percent) in 2011, nearly the same proportion of firefighter deaths from heart attack or stroke (60 percent) in 2010. Ten on-duty firefighters died in association with wildland fires, the...

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