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Report: On-duty firefighter deaths at lowest level since 1977

Posted On Thu, June 16, 2011

With environmental disasters prevalent and home insurance claims frequent, there's been a steady flow of negative news lately. But the good news is that fewer firefighters are dying when responding to structure fires.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the number of on-duty firefighter fatalities has fallen to its lowest level in 33 years.

The NFPA says a total of 72 firefighters died in 2010 while on duty, down from 82 fatalities in 2009 and 105 in 2008.

"We are very pleased to see that the number of on-duty firefighter deaths is at an historic low and continues to decline each year," said James Shannon, president and CEO of the NFPA. "We strongly believe that the advances in training, equipment and fire codes are a major factor in reducing the deaths of these brave men and women that make up the ranks of volunteer and career firefighters."

Other findings from the report detailed what the average age was for firefighters who died while battling a blaze.

Home insurance policies typically cover firefighter response expenses, but some insurers may not pay for the services. Homeowners may want to review their policy.

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