Statistical Information from the NFPA
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that as of 2012:
- There are an estimated 30,100 fire departments in the U.S.
- Of those, 9% are career (paid) departments
- 24% are part paid and part volunteer
- 67% are all volunteer
- There are approximately 1,129,000 firefighters in the U.S.
- 31% are career ( paid ) firefighters
- 69% are volunteer firefighters
- 72% of career firefighters work in cities with populations of 25,000 or more
- 95% of volunteer firefighters protect populations of less than 25,000