In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,331,500 fires. These fires caused 3,120 civilian deaths and 17,720 civilian injuries. These 2010 fire statistics are projections derived from NFPA’s annual fire department survey. The 2,650 departments that did respond to the sample survey protect 112,153,200 people, or 36% of the total U.S. population.
On average in 2010, a fire department responded to:
A fire every 24 seconds, a structure fire every 65 seconds, an outside fire every 50 seconds, and a vehicle fire every 146 seconds.
Fire claimed nine lives every day.
Road vehicle fires caused 9% of the civilian fire deaths.