Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention Documents & Tips

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Adobe Acrobat File Winter Storm Fire Safety
Adobe Acrobat File Wood Stoves Fireplaces Space Heaters For Manufactured Homes
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Fire Prevention Resources

National Fire Statistics

In The United States*:
  • A Fire Department responds to a fire every 20 seconds.
  • One structure fire is reported every 62 seconds.
  • One home structure is reported every 83 seconds.
  • One civilian fire injury is reported every 29 minutes.
  • One civilian fire death occurs every 2 hrs 23 min.
  • One outside fire is reported every 39 seconds.
  • One vehicle fire is reported every 109 seconds.

*Reported from the National Fire Protection Agency

Fire Departments

  • Estimated number of fire departments in 2006: 30,635
  • Estimated number of stations in the United States for 2004-2006: 53,200
  • A fire department responds to a fire in the United States every 19.0 seconds
  • 2006 Response Breakdown Response
    Response Number % Change from 2005
    Fires 1,642,500 +2.5
    Medical Aid 15,062,500 +4.8
    False Alarms 2,119,500 -0.7
    Mutual Aid / Assistance 1,159,500 +6.3
    Hazmat 388,500 +3.6
    Other Hazardous (Arcing wires, bomb removal, etc.) 659,000 -1.2
    All Other (Smoke scares, lock-outs, etc.) 3,438,500 +14.3
    Total 24,470,000
  • Fire department types*: Career (7.6%), Mostly Career (5.6%), Mostly Volunteer (16.8%), All Volunteer (70.0%)
  • 13% of all departments are career or mostly career and protect 62% of the U.S. population
  • 87% of fire departments are volunteer or mostly volunteer and protect 38% of the population
  • There are an estimated 69,300 pumpers and 6,700 aerial apparatus in the United States

* Career=100% career firefighters, Mostly Career=51%-99% career firefighters, Mostly Volunteer=1%-50% career firefighters, Volunteer=100% volunteer firefighters

Source: National Fire Protection Association reports Fire Loss in the United States During 2006 and U.S. Fire Department Profile Through 2006