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Some Quick Fire Service Statistics
(The U.S. Fire Administration AND NFPA posts figures about every
two to three years.)

Fire Departments

  • Estimated number of fire departments in 2009: 30,165
  • There are an estimated 30,165 fire departments in the United States.(2009)
  • These fire departments have an estimated 52,050 fire stations,
    68,400 pumpers,
    6,750 aerial apparatus and
    74,250 other suppression vehicles.
  • Number of Fire Departments (2009)
    All Fire Departments 30,165
    All Career 2,457
    Mostly Career 1,752
    Mostly Volunteer 5,099
    All Volunteer 20,857
  • Estimated number of firefighters in 2009: 1,148,100 (career: 335,950, volunteer: 812,150)
  • Firefighters by age group:
    16-19 (3%),
    20-29 (21%),
    30-39 (28%),
    40-49 (26%),
    50-59 (16%),
    60 and over (6%) *
  • Seventy-three percent of career firefighters are in communities that protect a population of 25,000 or more.
  • Ninety-five percent of the volunteers are in departments that protect a population of less than 25,000 and more than 50% are located in small, rural departments that protect a population of less than 2,500.
  • Total Fire Loss (2009) 1,348,500
    All Fires Deaths 3,010
    Injuries 17,050
    Direct Dollar Loss In Millions $12,531

    (Source: U.S. Fire Administration.)

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