Why It Matters

Last year America’s Fire and EMS personnel responded to 33,635,500 fire, medical and other types of hazards calls resulting in 3,280 civilian fire deaths, 135,928 unintentional injury deaths and 28.1 million visits to emergency departments. Accidents (unintentional injuries) are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. These statistics, provided by The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overwhelmingly highlights we are in the throes of a public safety crisis that, year after year, dwarfs any other.