Question from a Reader

Bill Carey
10 September 2021

“Do you have an up-to-date breakdown of this year’s line of duty deaths?”

A detailed breakdown is being updated but here is a general one that is currently up to date, as of 10 September 2021.

The most current interior numbers on fire attack, search, and ventilation can be seen here.

The latest on COVID-19 deaths can be seen here.

As for the bulk of the rest:

Heart Attack: 16 (one victim was struck by a vehicle, but died of a heart attack)
Unknown (medical emergency): 14
CVA: 1

Violence: 1 (shot)

Suicide: 1

Electrocution: 1

Trauma: 15
– Struck by fire department apparatus: 4
– While driving/riding fire department apparatus: 2
– While driving/riding personal vehicle: 3
– Fall: 3
– Plane crash: 2
– Struck by tree: 1

As always, these numbers are subject to change as the year goes and by updates from the United States Fire Administration.

Photograph courtesy of Unsplash.

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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