History of Firefighting
The Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 was a consolidation of four fires during the morning and afternoon of Monday, May 21st, 1917. Beginning at 11:39 a.m., the first fire erupted on the West End of the city at the Candler Warehouse. Just four minutes later, another fire was reported at a cotton warehouse in the downtown area. The third fire started at 12:15 p.m., on Woodward Avenue. Roughly thirty-one minutes later, the roof of a building located on Decatur Street burst into flames.
In 1866 the San Francisco Fire Department was established. Since then, the department has left its mark on history responding to crises such as The Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 to the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989.
- Most of the firefighters injured last year were hurt during fireground operations, where 27,015, or 42.6 percent, of all firefighter injuries occurred. This was a decrease of 10.2 percent from the previous year, the lowest number since 1981.
- Injuries at the fireground decreased from a high of 67,500 in 1981 to 27,015 in 2014, a drop of 60 percent.
- The number of fires also declined steadily, for an overall decrease of 55.1 percent, and the rate of injuries per 1,000 fires has fluctuated over the past 34 years between a high of 28.3 injuries per 1,000 fires in 1990 and a low of 20.8 injuries per 1,000 fires in 2014.
- These results suggest that, even though the number of fires and fireground injuries declined during the period, the injury rate did not, meaning the fireground injury rate per fire risk has not changed much since 1981.