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Firefighter Health & Safety: NFPA Releases 2012 U.S. Firefighter Injuries Report

11/07/2013
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released the latest edition of its U.S. Firefighter Injury Report, highlighting data on injuries sustained by firefighters on duty that was collected from fire departments responding to the 2012 National Fire Experience Survey. Firefighter injuries have declined over the past three decades, hovering around roughly 100,000 from the early 1980s through early 1990s. In 2012, 69,400 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty. Of those injuries, 31,490 (45.4 percent) occurred during fireground operations, with the leading causes reported as overexertion, straining (27.5 percent) and falling, slipping, and jumping (23.2 percent). The Nort...

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