of federal land management agencies and two were prison inmates. The largest share of deaths occurred while firefighters were operating on the fire ground (21 deaths). This is the lowest number of fire ground deaths since this study began.

The decline of firefighter deaths occurred in the following areas:

n Lowest number of sudden cardiac deaths;

n Lowest number of deaths at structure fires;

n Lowest number of volunteer firefighter deaths;

nFourthconsecutive yearthetotal

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number of road vehicle crash deaths has been 10 or lower;

n Fifth consecutive year of decreasing on-duty cardiac-related deaths.

The firefighter fatality study is made possible by the cooperation and assistance of the U. S. fire service, the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program of the Department of Justice, CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the U. S. Fire Administration, the Forest Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Land Management.