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02/01/2004
110 firefighters died in the line of duty in 2003, says FEMATen more firefighters died in the line of duty in 2003 than in 2002, according to figures released by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency. Among information contained in the report is the following:Twenty-nine firefighters died in wildland firefighting incidents. The victims included 30 career firefighters (27 percent) and 80 volunteer, seasonal, and part-time firefighters. 52 firefighters (47.2 percent) died as the result of stress/overexertion.Sixty percent suffered fatal injuries or illnesses. Twenty-two firefighters died while responding to or returning from an emergency, primarily in...

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