And while firefighter deaths
are fairly rare, they are more common than one might expect, given the sharp decline in fires over the past four decades.
Mr Wrack said: "I knew firefighter deaths
were increasing, but I am horrified at the rate by which they are increasing, and there is no comprehensive, consistent, UK-wide system for recording firefighter deaths
"We also invest in fire safety measures such as pounds 25 million for free smoke alarms and home fire safety checks, which are one of the reasons that fire deaths are now at an all-time low and firefighter deaths
remain very low."
"Although nationally the figures for fire deaths are decreasing, the statistics for firefighter deaths
Steve Gregg, North East regional secretary for the FBU, is concerned about the increase in firefighter deaths
, which he says rose to 13 in the past five years, compared to one in the five years before that.
Dedman also found that a manager for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal agency in charge of investigating firefighter deaths
, ordered an agency fire safety engineer on Feb.
Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said: "Our grave concerns have been ignored and firefighter deaths
have now hit a 30-year high.
It is especially important the Fire Minister Parmjit Dhanda listens to leaders of the Fire Brigades Union who complain that a rise in firefighter deaths
is linked to cuts in training.
Thankfully, firefighter deaths
in the line of duty are rare and the firefighting community is deeply shocked by this catastrophic event."
During 1995-2004, a total of 184 firefighter deaths
were associated with fighting wildfires in the United States (5).
To buttress that work, the team reviewed reports of all on-duty firefighter deaths
in the United States between 1994 and 2004, excluding those related to the Sept.
To reduce firefighter deaths
, each fire department should be freed of the regulatory burden of federal oversight and empowered to mitigate its own locally identified risks.
Around the country, firefighter deaths
from agricultural emergencies are down from several years ago.
The summer of 2002 resulted in catastrophic wildfires burning nearly 6 million acres, destroying more than 2,300 houses, and resulting in 20 firefighter deaths
. Damages and restoration costs are in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
If you can verify the death of a serviceman while actually fighting a fire, please send his name, the date, the place and circumstances of his death to: VFW Magazine, Attn: Firefighter Deaths
, 406 W.