NIOSH's Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation & Prevention Program (FFFIPP)
conducts investigations of select work-related firefighter deaths. This interactive map tool identifies all firefighter deaths reported
to the U.S. Fire Administration and those select firefighter deaths that NIOSH has investigated. Information for completed investigations
include links to final reports. The data can be shown in map format and can also be formatted in tabular data views.
(if checked, more criteria are available)
Incident characteristics (USFA)
Selecting specific search criteria by checking selection boxes or using the pull-down
lists modifies the data displayed on the map and in the statistics and case listing
views. The Fire Fighter Fatality counter will display the number of fatalities meeting
the specific search criteria selected. Definitions of the search criteria are available
at the Detailed Tech Info page.
Important Note: The "Incident Characteristics (USFA)" search criteria
are based on fatal event characteristics as provided to NIOSH by USFA. On occasion
NIOSH may edit selected data such as incident location to correct nonconforming
data. However, the USFA data have not been compared to data collected during NIOSH
investigations nor edited to match final NIOSH report data.
This Fire Fighter Fatality Map application combines information about NIOSH fatality
investigations with incident data from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to: (1)
identify completed investigations with links to final NIOSH reports, and
(2) provide interactive map, tabular statistics, and case listing access to data on all U.S. firefighter on-duty
Data are updated as new information is made available to NIOSH. When NIOSH releases an investigation report
the map status indicator is changed to "completed" and the report is linked.
The application’s search capabilities allow users to focus on specific characteristics
or types of fatality investigations. The multiple data views provide a wide spectrum
of possible uses for a broad audience. However, because of limitations in the fatal
incident location data the site is not intended for advanced geospatial analyses.
NIOSH investigations: The NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program investigates
selected fatal incidents and produces a final report with safety recommendations.
Completed NIOSH investigations are matched to the USFA incident data
and indicated in the map and case listing views. Completed NIOSH investigative reports
are linked via map info windows and the case listing.
Incident data: Fatality incident data displayed in the map and
other data views are derived from the USFA. The statistics view provides tables of fire-fighter characteristics
and incident data that may be subset by NIOSH investigation status. Data displayed
may not match fatality information published by USFA or other data sources because
of data updates, corrections, or inclusion criteria.
Although NIOSH gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the USFA in providing data
used in this mapping application, the site is independent of the USFA, and there
is no implied or expressed endorsement of the content, results, or presentation
format by the USFA.
Map locations: All fatality locations are approximate. Map markers
indicate the location of fatal events based on the best available geographic information.
When exact event location information is not available, the center of a zip
code area, location of the fire department, the nearest city, or the
geographic center of the state may be indicated. Where possible, obvious missing
or erroneous geocoding data have been corrected to a more appropriate location by
Search Criteria: By selecting specific case characteristics using
the right-hand check boxes and pull-down lists, the map, statistics, and case listing
views will include only deaths matching your search criteria.
The Map: Markers appear based on the search criteria used. Blue markers
indicate a completed NIOSH investigation. Red markers indicate other on-duty firefighter
deaths that are not currently being investigated by NIOSH. Purple multiple fatality markers
indicate deaths with the same location attribute, but the deaths may not have occurred
at the same time. Clicking on a marker expands an informational window showing the
NIOSH investigation status with a link to the final investigation report, if available,
and describing the deceased firefighter and the fatal incident.
Statistics: By selecting 1 or 2 categories in the fatality counts
field a table of descriptive statistics is displayed for deaths matching your search
Case Listing: A simplified listing of all deaths meeting your search
criteria is displayed. The listing includes NIOSH investigation status indicators
and links to completed reports.
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The deaths listed below have the same location attribute. The location may not reflect
where the incident occurred and the deaths may have occurred in one or more incidents.
The incident month and year and the sex, rank, and age of the firefighter are provided
in the list. Clicking on an individual case in the list opens a detailed info window
for that case.
Multiple fatality markers are used when 2 or more deaths are listed as occurring
at or near the same location (see Technical Info for why this occurs). The marker information window displays
a list of deaths with the same location attribute, although the deaths may have
occurred in one or more incidents. The incident month and year and the sex, rank,
and age of the firefighter are provided in the list. Clicking on an individual
case in the list opens a detailed info window for that case.
Link to Completed Investigation Report
The statistics table displays data only for those fatalities meeting your specific data search criteria. With the exception of NIOSH Investigation Status and the NIOSH medical/trauma completed investigation case classifications, all fatality characteristics displayed in the table are based on the incident characteristics provided by the USFA.
If a variable subcategory is not displayed in the table, no deaths meeting those characteristics were found. For example, selecting "Sex" as a table variable to display may only result in "Male" deaths being listed because no female firefighters died during the year selected.
CAUTION—IMPORTANT NOTE: "NIOSH investigation medical" or "NIOSH investigation trauma" may be selected as a display variable even if you do not simultaneously have the Search Criteria "NIOSH Investigations" checked and "Status" set to "Completed." However, the data displayed will only include fatalities with completed NIOSH investigations. Thus, the number of Fire Fighter Fatalities displayed in the Search Criteria block rarely will match the number of deaths listed in the table. Also, individual deaths may be assigned one or more medical or trauma classifications. Therefore, subtotals are not provided and should not be calculated independently.