Year to date in the U.S. there have been 690 confirmed reports of civilians rescued from residential fires by the direct actions of firefighters. From those 690 rescues, 200 follow up Firefighter Rescue Surveys have been completed for a 29% response rate. The 200 Firefighter Rescue Surveys are demonstrating a 74% survival rate for the fire victims who are rescued from the fire building by firefighters for evaluation and treatment by EMS.
When this 74% survival rate is applied to the total number of 690 rescues, it is estimated that 511 civilians have been saved through fireground rescues by firefighters already this year.
Our firefighters and our civilians need to know that rescues are not only possible but probable. Please continue to share and support the Firefighter Rescue Survey and the mission of evidence based vigilance.