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Over 480,000 Structural Fires Occur Each Year in the US

That's 1 fire every 65 seconds

Structural fires are extremely dangerous to human life, causing thousands of civilian deaths and injuries.

 
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Firefighters are required to search burning buildings for signs of human life

But 60% of the time, there is no one inside

 
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Effects of Firefighting Search and Rescue

Federal & State regulations require firefighters to search all structural fires (burning buildings) for any signs of human life or trapped victims before or while fighting the blaze itself, unless deemed life-threatening.

Firefighters regularly face life-threatening situations and risks such as:

Falling Debris, Intense Heat/Flames, Smoke Inhalation, Chemical Hazards, Lost/Trapped

 

11,000+

Annual Injuries

14%

Higher Cancer Mortality Rate

512 Fatalities

Past 30 Years

24,000+

HazMat Exposures

68% of all firefighters will develop cancer in their lifetimes

Center for Disease Control (2017)

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Injuries = Increased Cost

 

U.S. Fire Department Annual Expenditures

$95k+

Cost of Average Firefighter Injury

$5.9B

Annual U.S. Fire Dept. Injuries Losses

$1.9B

Annual Search and Rescue Injuries Cost

$800k

Average Firefighter Fatality Cost