08/03/14 342 W - + 2 - 4 North Carolina Fallen Firefighter Data


Let's play with some data, working with names listed on the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters memorial. See prior posting for that list. See my database, which expands that information to include county, cause of death, and more.

By year, highest count:

By department, highest count:

By county, highest count:

By cause death you ask?

That one's going to be tricky. In my database, I've assigned categories of cause of death, where known. This is based on narrative information that I've collected and/or the certificate of death. The labels are totally subjective and not even entirely consistent. Let me include all of them, and let readers slice and dice the data as desired. Some could be combined, others perhaps re-labeled. Though it seems pretty clear that cardiac and MVA are the historically top causes of death.

  • Asphyxia - 10
  • Burns - 8
  • Burns? - 4
  • Cardiac - 76
  • Cardiac/MVA - 2
  • Drowning - 3
  • Electrocution - 7
  • Explosion - 2
  • Fall - 6
  • Fall from ladder - 1
  • Fall from vehicle - 1
  • Gunshot - 2
  • MVA - Air - 13
  • MVA - Road - 56
  • MVA - Water - 1
  • Medical - 6
  • Medical/CVA - 2
  • Medical/Collapsed - 12
  • Medical/Heart - 8
  • Medical/Illness - 1
  • Struck by Horse - 1
  • Struck by object - 2
  • Struck by tree - 3
  • Struck by utility pole - 1
  • Struck by vehicle - 6
  • Structural Collapse - 13
  • Trauma - 2

Career versus volunteer?

Where known, out of 252 out of the 258:

Other errata:

1Racial data of mine is presently limited to "white" and "black." And for only 221 of the 258 names. This could be better researched, to be sure. Thinking some American Indian heritage is in there, for starters.





Hmm. Initial thought is you could consolidate all “Struck by” (excluding vehicle) into 1 category, since there’s not a large sample set of data to work with.
And what’s the difference between ‘Cardiac’, ‘Medical/CVA’ and ‘Medical/Heart’ ?
Paul - 08/04/14 - 14:27



  
Remember personal info?

/ Textile

Comment moderation is enabled on this site. This means that your comment will not be visible on this site until it has been approved by an editor.

To prevent spam we require you to answer this silly question
 

  (Register your username / Log in)

Notify:
Hide email:

Small print: All html tags except <b> and <i> will be removed from your comment. You can make links by just typing the url or mail-address.