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Leading Causes of Residential Fire Fatalities: Unintentional/Careless Actions, Smoking

Leading Causes of Residential Fire Fatalities: Unintentional/Careless Actions, Smoking

USFA Releases Civilian Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2008-2010) Report “Other unintentionally set, careless” actions and “smoking” are the leading causes The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report today examining the characteristics of civilian fire fatalities in residential buildings. The report, Civilian Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings […]

Fireman's Memorial: Worcester Cold Storage Tragedy

Fireman’s Memorial: Worcester Cold Storage Tragedy

Fireman’s Memorial Worcester Cold Storage Tragedy On December 3, 1999, a five-alarm fire at the Worcester Cold Storage & Warehouse Co. building claimed the lives of six brave firefighters who responded to the call. These six heros, The Worcester 6, sacrificed their lives to try and rescue two individuals who were believed to be trapped […]

Remembrance: Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire and the Worcester Six

Remembrance: Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire and the Worcester Six

Today December 3, 2011 marks the 12th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire that resulted in the line of duty death of six courages brother firefighters.    For those of you who remember this event, take the time to reflect and honor the sacrifice made this day; to those of you who have not […]

Statistical Reports: Firefighter Casualties

Statistical Reports: Firefighter Casualties

Statistical Reports: Firefighter Casualties USFA Topical Fire Report Series (link here) The National Fire Data Center’s Topical Fire Report Series explores facets of the U.S. fire problem that affect Americans in their daily lives. Primarily based on data collected through USFA’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), each issue briefly addresses the nature and relevance […]

Statistical Reports: Nonresidential Structure Fires

Statistical Reports: Nonresidential Structure Fires

Statistical Reports: Nonresidential Structure Fires USFA Topical Fire Report Series (LINK) The National Fire Data Center’s Topical Fire Report Series explores facets of the U.S. fire problem that affect Americans in their daily lives. Primarily based on data collected through USFA’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), each issue briefly addresses the nature and relevance […]

Statistical Reports: Residential Structure Fires

Statistical Reports: Residential Structure Fires

Statistical Reports: Residential Structure Fires USFA Topical Fire Report Series (Link Here) The National Fire Data Center’s Topical Fire Report Series explores facets of the U.S. fire problem that affect Americans in their daily lives. Primarily based on data collected through USFA’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), each issue briefly addresses the nature and […]

Large Loss Building Fires Report

Large Loss Building Fires Report

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) have recently issued a special report examining the characteristics and causes of Large Loss Building Fires (PDF, 834 Kb). The report, developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center, is based on 2007 to 2009 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). From […]

Residential Fire Sprinklers Save Lives

Residential Fire Sprinklers Save Lives

Residential Fire Sprinklers Save Lives In 2009, only 20% of reported fires occurred in one- and two-family homes but these fires caused 70% (2,107) of all civilian fire deaths.  Homes also account for the largest share of civilian fire injuries and direct property damage.  Despite the fact that these figures represent improvement over the last […]

188 Days of Opportunity to make a Difference: Surviving the Fire Ground

188 Days of Opportunity to make a Difference: Surviving the Fire Ground

During this week, there were on average, over 8,600 structure fires in the United States. According to NFPA statistics the following occur on average in the U.S; A fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds. One home structure fire was reported every 87 seconds One […]

Analytical Study Reveals Patterns in U.S Firefighter Fatalities

Analytical Study Reveals Patterns in U.S Firefighter Fatalities

While the number of structural fires in the United States continues to decline, firefighter line of duty deaths (LODD) do not exhibit the same rate of proportion decline. A review of both NFPA and USFA Firefighter LODD annual reports, statistics and retrospective studies and analysis suggest a noted change in the adverse trends noted for […]

USFA Releases Restaurant Building Fires Report

USFA Releases Restaurant Building Fires Report

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) has issued a special report examining the characteristics of restaurant building fires. The report, Restaurant Building Fires, was developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center and is based on 2007 to 2009 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). Restaurant Building Fires […]

Provisional 2010 Firefighter LODD Fatality Statistics

Provisional 2010 Firefighter LODD Fatality Statistics

Provisional 2010 Firefighter Fatality Statistics The United States Fire Administration (USFA) recently released the Provisional 2010 Firefighter Fatality Statistics. According to the report there were 85 onduty firefighter fatalities in the United States as a result of incidents that occurred in 2010, a 6 percent decrease from the 90 fatalities reported for 2009. The 85 […]

One Meridian Plaza High Rise Fire: Twenty Years Ago

One Meridian Plaza High Rise Fire: Twenty Years Ago

Fire Operations One Meridian Plaza On what began as an uneventful Saturday night twenty years ago, a fire on the 22nd floor of the 38-story Meridian Bank Building, also known as One Meridian Plaza, was reported to the Philadelphia Fire Department on February 23, 1991 at approximately 2040 hours and went on to burned for […]

NIST Wind Driven Fires Programs

NIST Wind Driven Fires Programs

Wind Driven Fires Wind blowing into the broken window of a room on fire can turn a “routine room and contents fire” into a floor-to-ceiling firestorm. Historically, this has led to a significant number of firefighter fatalities and injuries, particularly in high-rise buildings where the fire must be fought from the interior of the structure. […]

Attic Fires in Residential Buildings Report

Attic Fires in Residential Buildings Report

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has recently issued a special report examining the characteristics of Attic Fires in Residential Buildings (PDF, 884 Kb). Developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center, the report is based on 2006 to 2008 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). According to the report:  […]