Fire Departments by the Numbers

The brave men and women who serve in the fire departments throughout this country are committed to answering the call to duty. These dedicated professionals are trained to fight fires that might otherwise spread rapidly, endangering both lives and property. Since our country’s earliest days, people and governments have placed a high priority on fire protection. Today these numbers tell the story of fire departments throughout the United States. The U.S. Fire Administration posts updated figures about every two years.

30,170: The estimated number of fire departments in the U.S. in 2008.

52,400: The estimated number of fire stations in the United States during the period from 2006 to 2008.

22: The number of seconds that represents how often a fire department responds to a fire in the United States.

14: The percentage of fire departments in the U.S. that consist of career or mostly career firefighters.

61: The percentage of the U.S. population protected by fire departments that consist of career or mostly career firefighters.

86: The percentage of fire departments in the U.S. that consist of volunteer or mostly volunteer firefighters.

39: The percentage of the U.S. population protected by fire departments that consist of career or mostly career firefighters.

68,200: The estimated number of fire pumpers in the United States.

6,725: The estimated number of aerial fire apparatus in the U.S.

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