2010 Fire Facts

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.


About managingemergencies

I am a professional consultant with 30 years of experience in managing emergencies. My background and skills gave me the foundation to start Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants. If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees contact me via email at sysmanemerconsult@aol.com. I held various positions in the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department until I retired in 2007. As a emergency planner and trainer in the Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security I planned exercises and training for government agencies and citizens groups. I was appointed Fire Chief of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in 2009. I started Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants in June of that year. I had the opportunity to become the Assistant Fire Chief - Operations of the District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department and served for a year as the Interim Fire Chief. I am a trained mediator, mediator team leader and trainer. I also served as the Fire/EMS Department Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
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