USFA Releases 'Fire in the United States' Report

United States Fire Administrator Kelvin J. Cochran recently announced the availability of the fifteenth edition of Fire in the United States. This edition covers the 5-year period from 2003 to 2007, with a primary focus on 2007.

The purpose of the report is to aid the fire service, local leadership, and the general public with fire loss information which may be used to set priorities, establish and evaluate specific fire programs, and serve as a guide for fire data analyses at state and local levels of government.

"Since the inception of the United States Fire Administration in 1974, we have endeavored to provide the fire and emergency services the data it needs to combat the fire problem which still exists in the country," said U.S. Fire Administrator Kelvin J. Cochran. "This fifteenth edition of the Fire in the United States will emphasize the areas which still need improvement so we may continue to reduce the nation's fire losses, especially deaths and injuries."

The report focuses on the national fire problem and provides an overview of fires and losses in buildings, vehicles, and other mobile properties, and other properties. The report also examines fire and fire loss trends, fire casualties by population characteristics, and fire cause profiles by property type. Detailed analyses of the residential and nonresidential building fire problems will be published as stand-alone reports.

Fire in the United States is a statistical overview of fires in the United States, focusing on the latest year in which data were available at the time of preparation. The primary source of data is the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), along with data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), State Fire Marshals' offices, U.S. Census Bureau, and the Consumer Price Index.

The report may be downloaded here.

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