Top 10 firefighter statistics

If you’re interested in starting a career in firefighting, or if you are already employed in that field, you might be interested in reviewing the top ten firefighter statistics. Although firefighting can be dangerous and the hours are long and erratic, it’s one of the most rewarding careers you can choose. By becoming either a career firefighter or a volunteer, you’re making a valuable contribution to your community and to society at large.

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The top ten firefighter statistics as compiled by the National Fire Protection Association:

  • The estimated number of firefighters working in the U.S. is 1,148,100. Of that number, 335,950 are career firefighters and 812,150 are volunteers.
  • Firefighter statistics categorized by age group: Age 16-19 (3%), Age 20-29 (21%), Age 30-39 (28%), Age 40-49 (26%), Age 50-59 (16%), Age 60 and over (6%)
  • Firefighter statistics for average firefighter salary as of 2009: $47,270 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • The total number of firefighter responses was 26,534,500, reflecting an increase of 5.1% over 2008.
  • Medical assistance was the number one reason for firefighter response at 17,104,000. That figure reflects an increase of 8.5% over 2008.
  • The second highest reason for firefighter response was false alarms at 2,177,000. That figure was down 2.9% over the previous year.

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