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Fire Service Industry Data Website Summary

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Here are a couple of highlights of the data published from these different organizations:

National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS)

The is a system established by the National Fire Data Center of the United States Fire Administration (USFA), a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The System was established after the 1973 National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control report, America Burning, led to passage of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-498), which authorizes the USFA to gather and analyze information on the magnitude of the Nation’s fire problem, as well as its detailed characteristics and trends. The Act further authorizes the USFA to develop uniform data reporting methods, and to encourage and assist state agencies in developing and reporting data The NFIRS has two objectives: to help state and local governments develop fire reporting and analysis capability for their own use, and to obtain data that can be used to more accurately assess and subsequently combat the fire problem at a national level. To meet these objectives, the USFA has developed a standard NFIRS package that includes incident and casualty forms, a coding structure for data processing purposes, manuals, computer software and procedures, documentation and a National Fire Academy training course for utilizing the system.

US Fire Administration

Information comes from NFIRS and is organized so that you can download just about and US Fire Service Stats. There are links that allow you to explore everything from FEMA – 23,000 fire departments reporting. 23 million calls. Dr. Dennis O’Neil. 64% EMS, less than 5% were fires. 6 months the data comes – has to go through the state first


NFPA has an excellent research section on its website. One of the best reports is the Annual Fire Loss Report published in September each year. It is filled with more statistics that you can ever absorb, but high level trends certainly emerge.

Underwriters Labs (UL) -

UL is conducting research on everything from Hoverboard fires to structural firefighting. Lots of great research and articles under the “Resources” Section. Look for their new structural firefighting research paper to be released in April 2017.

Firefighter Safety Research

This site is a joint effort between Firefighterclosecalls.com and UL. Talks to the practical street experiences of firefighting.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

This website has a lot of practical firefighting research. NIST is completing their testing on CAFS, expecting to be released in the summer of 2016.

University of Illinois

They are conducting a lot of testing on the impact of firefighting as it relates to everything from dealing with heat stress, cardiovascular to cancer. Prediction – You are going to hear a lot more about the effects of cancer.


This is not the easiest website to navigate when looking for industry data, but its search feature is great and there are more articles on fire industry statistics than you can imagine. I encourage you to go to its website and type in the words “Fire Stats.” You’ll be hit with 2,500 records ranked by relevance. You can quickly narrow this down through a refined search on the topic of your choice.


The NLC publishes the single best annual report for determining the future health of America’s cities. Annually, it publishes a “Research Brief on America’s Cities.” The 2014 report, released in mid-October, covers survey results from cities with populations ranging from 10,000 residents to three million. This report covers everything from building permit reports to spending activities. City finance officers report that they are now better able to meet their financial needs than any time since 2007. This extremely favorable news is based on increase revenues and cuts in services. The report also addresses the 18-24 month lag between the general economy and municipal budgets.


This website has a section devoted entirely to statistics. There are 756,450 volunteer firefighters in the U.S., comprising 69% of the nation’s fire service. Of the 30,145 departments in the country, 20,200 are all-volunteer, 5,530 are mostly volunteer, 1,865 are mostly career, and 2,550 are all-career. The number of volunteer fire fighters in the U.S. has declined by over 18% since 1984. Major factors contributing to the decline include increased time demands and less focus on volunteering, this at a time when the average age of volunteers is increasing significantly.


The market for new fire apparatus sold in the USA hit its high point in 2008 when a total of 5779 new fire apparatus were sold in North America. Considering that there are roughly 33,000 fire departments in the USA and another 4,300 in Canada, this was deemed to be right sized or “normal”.

As the recession hit in 2009, municipal budgets were among the worst hit. With fire departments reigning in their budgets and avoiding capital expenditures, the market for new fire apparatus sales in North America hit a low of 3405 in 2011 – down more than 41% from its peak!

Since that time, the market has fluttered and remained soft, but recently it has shown some signs of improvement as the economy recovers. New fire apparatus sales a recovery in 2013 and 2015 as the market increased to about 4350 new fire apparatus sold in North America.